- "We have just endured the worst winter of our lives — a season of snow, wind, and cold that motivated many to sell properties and many more to make plans to flee to Florida next February — and there is unusual hunger for green grass, warm days, and the daily, sometimes wacky narrative of the Boston baseball team."
- "The team payroll is more than $200 million, easily one of the top five in the game."
- "They are intent on proving they can win without an ace."
- "The Sox’ owners and analytic masterminds believe pitchers over 30 who make big money are to be avoided."
Except that they offered Lester $135 million in a deal that would have taken him past his 37th birthday.
Let the regular season begin. Shank is already in top form.