For my entire baseball-watching life, the turn of a new year was always the time I started to get antsy for baseball season. Now is no different.
I remember when I was a kid — on those rare years when it was warm after Christmas — I would be happy if I could go outside and break in the new glove. This year, with the snow and the ice, was not fit for such an occasion.
So instead, we sit back and wonder what the 2009 Red Sox will look like when it all starts anew in Fort Myers next month.
No, the Red Sox didn’t spend $420 million on free agents like the Yankees did. Instead, they plunked down $5 million on Brad Penny, another $1.7 on Josh Bard and invested $40.5 million in Dustin Pedroia’s future.
I still like the look of this team, but I’ll feel better once I know who the catcher is going to be.
A big key to the success of the ’09 team will be how well Lowell, Ortiz and Beckett rebound from their injuries. If those three guys get anywhere close to ’07 form, this will be a dangerous, dangerous team.