Let’s take a bird’s eye view of the entire American League East and see where our Sox stack up. Who are our biggest competitors? Looks like the Blue Jays and the Orioles have strong rosters this season, and could give the Sox some trouble. They also may have setbacks due to performance enhancing drug usage, ::cough, cough:: Melky Cabrera, Robinson Cano ::Cough Cough::. In addition, there are strong players who started with the Red Sox and are now playing against us, like Kevin Youkilis. Speaking of the Yankees, they seem pretty injury laden right now, with Derek Jeter coming off surgery on his left ankle, and the roster looking a bit long in the tooth. We’re looking at you Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte, and yes, Jeter again. 39 years old? Yikes! The Yankees do not pose too much of threat at this time, but their roster runs deep, and who knows what they have in their farm system.
I do not write about this to upset Red Sox fans, but rather to raise awareness, and possibly some hope. Predictions, by the greatest of baseball minds, are consistently flawed. And as I have said before, if we can play as a team, I strongly believe anything is possible. There is far too much emphasis placed on an individual players’ performance, injury reports, and the like. I know that if we consistently get on base, batter after batter, and play tighter defensively, we have a decent shot at giving each and every team a run for their money.