The Red Sox get the 2013 season rolling for real in two weeks and we have no idea what we’re going to see. Will they make the playoffs? Will they stumble? Will youth arrive? Will veterans thrive? The season could go in any one of about 50 directions. Thankfully, we are here to help with 10 fearless predictions. Mike Napoli and Joel Hanrahan fans should rest easy, while things could get dicey for Jacoby Ellsbury and Shane Victorino. John Farrell will prove he learned from Toronto. There’s been a lot of passive-aggressive sniping since Farrell left Toronto: he wasn’t invested, he wasn’t a steady leader, he lost control of a rudderless Jays team. . . . We will not be hearing that kind of talk after this season. Just as Terry Francona needed to take some lumps in Philadelphia before he became a two-time World Series winner, Farrell will elevate his game this season. One early case in point: Since challenging Farrell’s authority early in camp by lobbing the ball to the plate during batting practice, reliever Alfredo Aceves has been a model citizen. Farrell’s messages go through, and if it doesn’t stay that way, Aceves will get gone.
Sox so predictable
Boston Herald | Mar 17