State of the AL East: Boston Red Sox


With Spring Training games beginning in less than a week, it is time for us at Yanks Go Yard to look ahead to the 2013 regular season, in particular, the in-division competition that the Yankees will be going up against. Most prognosticators have stated that the AL East is more wide open than in previous years. This is true because of how the young teams are beginning to grow up while the veteran teams are beginning to age. The Orioles showed last year that any one can come out of nowhere to take the division away from the Bombers.

Can a familiar face in the Red Sox dugout turn them back into the Yankees’ biggest threats in the AL East in 2013? (Photo Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports)

For this State of the AL East series, we bring back the Yanks Go Yard Radio Show to preview every team in the AL East for the 2013 season from other Fansided writers on their respective team’s pages. The first part of our series takes a look at the Yankees’ fierce rivals, the Boston Red Sox.

The Red Sox went through a circus-like atmosphere in 2012 and have virtually cleaned house to begin the 2013 season. They have a new manager in former pitching coach John Farrell and made numerous small splashes in free agency with the signings of catcher/first baseman Mike Napoli, outfielder Shane Victorino, and starting pitcher Ryan Dempster. Plus, they were able to acquire a new closer in Joel Hanrahan from the Pittsburgh Pirates. Does the new culture that the Red Sox are trying to create in Beantown equate to more wins?

To answer this question and many more, the Yanks Go Yard radio show (brought to you by welcomed Stephen Peterson, the senior editor of to the show. We discussed the Red Sox offseason, the Terry Francona book fallout, what to watch for in spring training, and much more. Tune in and enjoy the show! The interview is 22 minutes into the show and was pre-recorded last Tuesday.

Also, the Yanks Go Yard radio show will go live on Wednesday at 9:00 PM eastern to preview the Toronto Blue Jays’ 2013 season!