I think the hysteria culminated on one evening in particular, mostly memorable because it prompted Ben Badler of Baseball America to jokingly tweet that no team starting the season like the Red Sox had ever won the 2011 World Series. The amount of #Truth and #RealTalk hash tags that followed were monumental.
The Red Sox playing terrible baseball was notable because it was surprising. There was little doubt ahead of the opening of the 2011 season that after trading for Adrian Gonzalez and signing Carl Crawford, Boston had the best lineup in baseball.
One year later, this:
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) April 17, 2012
Scott Podsednik’s presence on the Red Sox radar would like to remind us all that you can’t predict baseball.