Originally posted on Ted's Army  |  Last updated 4/9/13
The Red Sox front office is bracing itself for something they haven't dealt with since May 2003. For 794 games, Fenway Park has been sold out and unless there are a few thousand people that have nothing to do on a rainy Wednesday night, the infamous streak that Fenway Sports Group bragged about will end. It's the only statement that Sox fans have against an ownership that lost sight of what Red Sox fans care about. In an off season of debating when the "next great Red Sox team" would arrive, a majority of Boston fans wrote off the Red Sox this season, believing that 2013 would be a step in the right direction. That returning to perennial contenders was going to take at least two or three years. A few believed they didn't do enough to start the rebuilding, that Jackie Bradley Jr should not only be starting, but they should have let go off a majority of the vets and just start fresh. The promos and commericals didn't help this either. John Farrell's edict promising that this team would play hard and try and win fans back sounded more like a marketing ploy than anything else.  What a difference a week makes. The season is only seven games young yet this team has already generated more buzz than the entire 2012 team, as the Red Sox are off to the best start in five years and already this team has shown off its versatility.  Small ball? bunting? double steals? There hasn't been a Sox team that has manufactured runs like this in quite some time. Nor has their been one as overly aggressive as this team is. Suddenly, those that got lured in by the debut of Jackie Bradley Jr. were left with their hearts fluttering over the hustle of Jonny Gomes, scoring from second to home on an infield single.  What makes it even better, after getting just two hits on Saturday, and just before any speculation would start about this team being too one dimensional, the offense flexed their collective muscle on Toronto's new ace and took to the Blue Jays to the woodshed. It may be the earliest a team has had a statement game but there was a big one made on Sunday: that the Red Sox aren't just going to roll over and give up. Maybe this is the next great Red Sox team and we just don't know it yet. What was concerning everyone was the starting rotation. It was hard to take the Sox as face value that all Jon Lester & Clay Buchholz needed was John Farrell to go back to the form they had when Farrell was their pitching coach. So far, they are 4-0 1.04 ERA this season, a stark contrast to the efforts they had last season. If the Sox want to have any hopes of playoffs, they need these two to continue on this roll that they are on.  Again, the Sox are only seven games into the season. SIx of them were against the Scranton Yankees and the Miami Blue Jays.. Baseball always has a couple of teams that burst out of the gate only to fade quietly to the back of the pack. This team is no different as they need to prove that they can maintain this play throughout a season and see how they stack against the elite of the American League.  So yes come tomorrow night, the Sox streak will finally come to an end. Sadly for the first time in 20 months, there's a team worthy of playing in front of a packed house at Fenway. 
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