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The Red Sox open their 2013 season in New York Monday, and, as always, it’s a time of anticipation. The weather is finally changing, the red-white-and-blue bunting is blooming, and Jackie Bradley Jr.’s scintillating spring training has everyone thinking happily of the future.

But if the last few years are anything to go by, it’s likely that the optimism of spring will give way to crushing reality by August. It feels like a well worn pattern, an echo of the bad old days: They pull us in, raise our hopes, and then snuff them out.

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