- Papelbon, one of the top 3 closers in the AL (Putz, Papelbon, Rivera)
- Pedroia, Rookie of the Year
- Ellsbury, playoff and World Series catalyst
- Lester, World Series clincher and inspirational health story
- Youkilis, Gold Glove and productive Moneyball player
- Matsuzaka (well he was an MLB rookie)
- Okajima (ditto)
- Hanley Ramirez, well he was our guy
So we have choices.
- Support him through the growing process, realizing the potential of a pitching prodigy with a pair of plus pitches (curve, changeup) and a very good fastball that can still pitch to contact.
- Wring our hands every time he struggles, with command or poise, or major league hitters get the better of him (happens to everyone).
We may never see this again, but even some reasonably facsimiles would be enough.