The 1995 season is a dividing line of sorts when evaluating recent baseball history. It is the year immediately after the disastrous strike that cost baseball the 1994 races and World Series. It was also the first season of the current three divisional format.
Since that time the Red Sox have won the AL East exactly twice: the World Series championship season of 2007, and the aforementioned 1995 season. On paper it is way too early to compare the 2013 club to the 2007 juggernaut, but there are some eerie similarities to the 1995 club.
Both clubs had a first year manager and a second year general manager. While Kevin Kennedy was fired from his previous job with the Rangers, John Farrell may well have been if the Red Sox didn't inquire about his services.
Going into both seasons expectations wee muted as the team was coming off several forgettable seasons. Both Dan Duquette and Ben Cherrington made small to medium sized moves aimed at improving the club as opposed to making ...