- The double play combination of Gonzalez and Loretta appears to be a large upgrade over any recent middle pair. Gonzalez' starting a tough one from the hole last night served as an eye-opener
- Trot Nixon. Who would have predicted him to 1) lead the team in RBI after four games and 2) have homered off a southpaw?
- Mike Lowell has been solid at third.
- Coco Crisp (.381/.500/.881) appears to be a far cheaper alternative to 'Samson' Damon, with a smaller hat and plenty of cattle
- Jonathan Papelbon looks to have taken up where he left off last season
On the to be determined side:
- Keith Foulke's struggles look 'workable' as Terry Francona has decided not to let Foulke's salary interfere with his decisions.
- The bullpen newcomers, Riske and Seanez will get more rope before scrap, but 'you never get a second chance to make a first impression.'
Worrying about this one:
- Josh Bard looked pretty helpless behind the plate catching Wakefield's offerings against Texas. Because of the potential for base advancement literally destroying Wakefield's effectiveness, Bard probably doesn't have more than a couple of more chances for redemption.
"Baseball isn't a matter of life and death. It's a lot more important than that." If you can't have fun with it, then join the Commissioner's Office.