If hope springs eternal in the run-up to baseball season, that hope seems a mite muted this year.
Sure, tourists flocked to Fenway Park this weekend for tours of the fabled ballyard, 11th-hour burnishing helped the 101-year-old stadium belie its age, and the Bleacher Bar in center field was crammed with patrons staring agog at the dazzling green of the playing field.
Still, something was different as the Boston Red Sox neared Opening Day against their ancient rivals, the New York Yankees.
Call it a novel experience of not-so-great expectations.
“It’s definitely a more reserved feeling for this season,” said Daniel Jacobson, a 25-year-old Web designer from Brighton. “There’s definitely some pessimism.”
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