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Looks like a 'bridge year' in Boston

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08:19 AM ET 05.04 | Perhaps, dating back to 2011, the Red Sox have been biding their time. Maybe the Red Sox had their eyes on 2013 far more than they ever did on 2012, and maybe the goal was to make them just interesting enough to draw your ire. If it looks like a bridge year and feels like a bridge year ... it's a bridge year. So here's question for you: given the way last year ended, would you be OK with that? Would you be OK with the highest average ticket prices in baseball and absurd parking rates to watch Will Middlebrooks and perhaps Ryan Kalish in lieu of Kevin Youkilis and Ryan Sweeney? The bet here is that you would. The bet is that Red Sox fans still angry over the conclusion of the 2011 would be tolerant of this season.

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May 4, 2012  08:34 AM ET

Depends on whether the bridge they are speaking of is the Zakim or the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel.

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May 4, 2012  08:40 AM ET

I love the Ryan Kalish in lieu of Ryan Sweeney being a "bridge year" function.

Sounds like an upgrade to me for this year..

May 4, 2012  08:48 AM ET

If Middlebrooks continues to play like he's played all year, Youkilis will be hard presses to get his job back.

May 4, 2012  08:49 AM ET

As long as they are competitive and don't crap all over themselves every night..fine!

May 4, 2012  08:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

If Middlebrooks continues to play like he's played all year, Youkilis will be hard presses to get his job back.

Youk just can't stay healthy enough to keep the job anymore.

May 4, 2012  08:52 AM ET

Ryan Sweeney's a star now? It's only a month into the season and every team has it's issues. I don't see anyone running away with things and the Sox line up is still a pretty good one.

May 4, 2012  08:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Youk just can't stay healthy enough to keep the job anymore.

Even if Youk is healthy, Middlebrooks may be a better overall player at this time.

May 4, 2012  08:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Even if Youk is healthy, Middlebrooks may be a better overall player at this time.

Youk will end up being a DH for some AL team.

May 4, 2012  09:04 AM ET

The further we go into the season the better we'll know what kind of year this is going to be. Things so far are not looking great for Boston or New York. It's still too early to know how things are going to shake out in my opinion.

May 4, 2012  09:07 AM ET

Hope Middlebrooks works out.....

<notes change made to DLFL roster>

I REALLY hope this works out.

May 4, 2012  09:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Thats one pricey bridge to nowhere......

You can see Russia from it.

May 4, 2012  09:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

You can see Russia from it.

Doncha know.

May 4, 2012  09:10 AM ET

Jumping off????

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May 4, 2012  09:34 AM ET

And NY and Philly and....

May 4, 2012  09:35 AM ET

There is still plenty of time to turn it around. I don't see any teams running away with the AL East yet. Mariano getting hurt certainly hurts the Yankees chances.

May 4, 2012  09:37 AM ET

You can almost see Youk's back tightening up from that throw in the pic above.

 
May 4, 2012  09:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

I find it hard to say this

You usually don't find anything hard to say, no matter how idiotic it makes you sound.

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