For the record, I do not care if the Sox win this year. What I do care about is the development of a structure and framework that can compete with all the necessary pieces beginning in 2019. I want to see a solid lineup anchored by Jose Abreu, Garcia, and Yoan Moncada. A full season of consistent production from Davidson and Delmonico, and a starting pitching rotation of Rodon, Gioloto, Lopez, Fulmer, and Kopech ready to go with each capable of winning 14 games each. I want to see trades and offseason acquisitions that suggest key pieces and strategic moves rather than patches and parts. And I want to see fans deliver their part like it’s 1977, 1983, 1993 or 2005.
Looking across all facets of the major league team, there frankly is enough talent to win if everyone contributes to their ability and no significant negative factors emerge. The key word in that sentence is if. The most fun for teams not expected to win is beating those who are. With modest expectations and little pressure other than their own personal desire to perform, this team just might surprise everyone in the baseball world – including themselves. Cleveland, Minnesota and every team in baseball should sit up and take note.