Spring Has Sprung! (Almost)

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BOSTON, MA (WBZ-AM) --  Spring is in the air. 

Red Sox pitchers and catchers have their first workouts in Fort Myers today. The temperature is expected to approach 60 later this week. Sullivans in Southie opens a week from this Saturday.

I can taste that first hot dog now.

OK, this is a little bit optimistic. But even if we still face at least a couple more months of potentially nasty cold and wet, it’s not too soon to start speculating about the upcoming Red Sox season.

Much has been made of the fact that the Sox haven’t signed any big-name free agents, the way the Yankees did. 

The sports talk crowd is still wringing their hands over two straight first-round exits from the playoffs. 

True Sox fans remain upset about the immature way stars like David Price and Dustin Pedroia disrespected broadcaster and former Sox great Dennis Eckersley last summer because he dared speak the truth about their teammates.

And after all, they haven’t won it all in four years. Four full years! 

That’s like a lifetime…for a hamster.

But I prefer to make lemonade out of all this.

We needed to do some losing around here. Too many have forgotten what it was like before 2004, the heightened anticipation of the new season that losing the old one brings, the sheer hunger for victory.

I’m glad we’re underdogs to New York again; it makes us better fans. 

And hopefully the Prices and Pedroias of the world now realize they need to shape up.

Yeah, lemonade, that’s the trick. It won’t be that long before we need a cold lemonade, just to beat the heat.

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