The end of the year is always a pretty interesting time. While in reality today is like any other day, one of 365, there’s obviously something different about the final days of a calendar year. In only a couple of weeks, 2020 will be over.
Recently, I got to thinking about how much has changed in the past year with the Red Sox, and it’s kind of jarring to think about. By December 18th, 2019, they had already committed to pacts with José Peraza and Martín Pérez. We had witnessed the departure of Rick Porcello to the Mets. Chaim Bloom was the new head honcho. Things were interesting.
In the year since? We acquired a number of fringe roster players, such as Chris Mazza, Austin Brice, Matt Hall, among many others, very few of whom ended up inspiring confidence in the past season. It was revealed the Red Sox broke rules via a video replay room. The Red Sox parted ways with Alex Cora (who has since returned), and also with Mookie Betts and David Price. Chris Sale underwent Tommy John Surgery. Eduardo Rodriguez caught COVID-19 and developed myocarditis. The entire 2020 season happened. And boy... did it happen.
Some of these things seemed pretty obvious in hindsight. Others, not so much. It’s been a wild year, and so much has changed in the past calendar year. A year ago, many felt the 2019 Red Sox just got unlucky and were better than their record indicated. Then the 2020 Red Sox happened, and that entire thought seems to have vanished into thin air.
Since so much can happen in a year, there’s really no way to predict everything. Naturally, I want you to predict everything! This week’s prompt?
What do you think will happen in the next calendar year to/for the Red Sox?
There are no real rules to follow this time around, I just want to hear what you think will happen. Free agent signings, trades, departures, hirings, firings, draft picks, results, perception about the Red Sox after the season, anything and everything is fair game. I just want to know what you think we’ll be talking about a year from now.