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That the Red Sox would improve this season was not in question when spring training started. How could they not? The 2012 Sox were the worst team fielded by the franchise in nearly 50 years.
But after only a few days in Florida, John Lackey sensed this team would be more than just competitive.
“There was a good mix of guys. People were going about things the right way and playing hard right from the start,” Lackey said. “It felt right.”
Lackey won a World Series with the Angels in 2002 and was a key member of four other playoff teams. His judgment was based on years of experience.
But even Jose Iglesias, a 23-year-old with only 35 games of prior major league experience, felt that way.