THIS WAS SUPPOSED TO BE ANOTHER GOLDEN AGE OF BASEBALL IN BOSTON. A new crop of players was going to emulate the power, passion, and pride that fueled World Series wins in 2004 and 2007 — the championship legacy would live on. But for the past few seasons, the Red Sox haven’t quite followed that script. Now, after jettisoning some of their overpriced stars and rebuilding with a number of lesser luminaries, the team could finally be taking a step in the right direction.
Some fans, like my students, impatiently look to the future, hoping that the newly acquired, Fenway-friendly bat of first baseman/catcher Mike Napoli and the gilded glove of right fielder Shane Victorino will bring winning ways back to Boston. But I know it will also require a special spirit I once saw in Red Sox past.