Buster Olney writes in his blog about the much-needed culture change at Fenway Park this season. He rehashes some of those Bobby Valentine moments of 2012 that Red Sox fans are trying to forget, and looks ahead at what might happen with this restructured team under new manager John Farrell. Here's an excerpt from his piece:
Valentine is gone, and John Farrell has replaced him. This era is dominated by statistical examinations and projections, and you can try to attach numbers to the Boston additions of Shane Victorino, Ryan Dempster, Mike Napoli and Joel Hanrahan. You can attempt to quantify what it would mean to the Red Sox if Daniel Bard bounced back to pitch the way he did in 2011 and the ramifications of a full season of Will Middlebrooks.
But there's probably no way to fully measure what the change in culture will mean. It will count for something that the players will be excited to go to work again and be invested in the direction their manager is taking them. It will count for something that the staff will be working closely together and that the factions and divisions will be diminished.
Will this translate into one more victory? Two? Five?