Don't worry, Red Sox fans

Don't worry, Red Sox fans
March 6, 2013, 2:45 pm
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After a slow start to Spring Training, there’s finally a little buzz around the Red Sox. Mike Napoli’s looking strong. The starters are looking better. Jackie Bradley’s set to become the first player since Ichiro to win Rookie of the Year and MVP in the same season.
 
At this point, we’re far from World Series expectations or entertaining thoughts of an AL East crown, but at the very least, things are getting better. The rebuilding process has started. Whether we see immediate results remains to be seen (and doesn’t appear likely), but the core of this Sox team is stronger than it’s been in a while. And even if they somehow miss the postseason for a fourth-straight year, you get the sense this will be the most encouraging and least infuriating of the four sad seasons.
 
Anyway, here’s the headline that inspired the previous two paragraphs: Carl Crawford (elbow) to hit off tee Thursday
 
And here’s a little more info courtesy of Rotoworld:
 
Carl Crawford (elbow) is expected to resume hitting off a tee on Thursday morning in Dodgers camp. Crawford is battling nerve irritation in his left forearm that is said to be related to his Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery. The Dodgers can't say for sure when he might be ready to begin playing in games. The 31-year-old outfielder seems highly doubtful for Opening Day.
 
Ah, yes. Carl Crawford and tee ball. We know it well around here. And we know that this is just the beginning of a long and painful process for Dodgers fans.
 
We know that Carl will hit off the tee tomorrow, and probably have a set back on Friday. We know he’ll pull a quad muscle on Saturday and hit the 60-Day DL on Sunday. Meanwhile, we know Adrian Gonzalez will remain consistently stoic in the California sun . . . and Josh Beckett? We know he can’t be bothered. That he has more important things to worry about. After all, it’s not easy being the first player in Major League history to have to balance fatherhood and baseball.
 
And above all else, we know that things are getting better in Boston, and not only because it couldn’t get any worse. But more, because with these three Dodgers on the other side of the country and Bobby V. calling the shots at Sacred Heart, the ugly Sox slate is just about clear. Red Sox Nation can finally find a little peace and maybe even enjoy a little baseball.

Rich can be reached at rlevine@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Rich on Twitter @rich_levine.