Red Sox focused on new season, fresh start

Red Sox focused on new season, fresh start
February 15, 2014, 8:30 pm
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Daniel Nava participates in spring training drills.

(AP Photo)

Jake Peavy has barely had a chance to drive around his new duck boat and yet it's already time for the Red Sox to open spring training and begin their World Series title defense.

Mike Giardi and Jess Moran are with the Red Sox in Florida as they kick off a spring training that has decidedly different expectations from last year.

Good luck, however, getting any of the players to actually talk about last year. The team has clearly put the confetti and parade behind them and are squarely focused on the 2014 season.

"I think everybody here is ready to turn the page and talk about 2014," says Jake Peavy.

John Farrell set a clear tone on the first day of camp. 

"Last year is over and done," says Farrell. "We’ll have reminders. There will be a ring ceremony. There will be a trip to the White House. Those are reminders that [the players] should enjoy, but our focus is what we should do today."  

Despite the success, the players came into camp with the same humble, yet fiery personalities that marked last year's squad. 

"It seems like so far already these guys are putting that behind them and they’re really focused on this year and trying to go get another World Series," says Moran. "Of course we always hear that, but maybe you believe it from these guys." 

Farrell says the players are genuine in their desire to start fresh and create a new identity with the same results. 

"They come back in [to camp] the same people, the same drive, the same motivation, the same work ethic," says Farrell. "We take that mantra to ‘take no steps’ and that means we’ve got to get back to work."

From the sound of it, the players started doing that several weeks ago.