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A Fresh Start

August 27, 2012

Somewhere along the road, the Red Sox made a wrong turn.  They started spending like the Yankees.  They tried to buy a winning team, when they needed to build a winning team.

Some may say that their only offense was signing Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford.  Others could point to John Lackey.  If you believe it was when we paid over $50 million just to talk to Daisuke Matsuzaka, then you’re getting warmer.  That may have been the moment when the trend began, but that’s not when the seed was planted.

In December of 2003, the Red Sox were denied a chance to trade for Alex Rodriguez, and, ever since then, they have been determined, some may even say hell-bent on not letting other huge deals slip through their hands and into the Yankees lap.  The era of over-spending began here, and, hopefully, ended this weekend, as the ink dried on the mega-trade.

Whether you love or hate what the Red Sox did, I think we can all agree that something needed to be done.  I doubt we’ve even seen the last big change the Sox will make before next season, but I do believe that we’re finally back on the right track.  Even if you disagree, there are a few things all fans should keep in mind as we navigate the road ahead.



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