Can you remember a Boston Red Sox season that began with such low expectations? You have to go back to the early 1990s, when Butch Hobson managed the team for three very bad seasons, to find a Red Sox team from which so little was expected.

In a perfect world, nothing expected means this team cannot disappoint, but I don’t think that’s true. Another season dramatically under .500 would be a disappointment. Eighty-two to 88 wins is doable. If this team doesn’t not contend for a playoff spot, at least it appears it will play hard every day.

I normally wait until later in the Spring to hoist the annual sports haiku, but with so many questions entering this baseball season, it felt appropriate to address the Red Sox season in verse.

If this team wins, everybody will be writing poems about it.

John Farrell

Bought from Toronto

a pitching guru and hope

forget Bobby V

Jon Lester

Key to the season

left arm is great, but does the

head cooperate?

Jackie Bradley, Jr.

Such promise and poise

Boras plans for the future

a new Freddy Lynn?

John Lackey

Almost forgot you

be average, not awful

and we’ll get along

Clay Buchholtz

Wisp with a curveball

Farrell works magic can you

win seventeen games?

David Ortiz

Ten years of power

clutch hits, home runs, Big Papi

limps to the finish

Alfredo Aceves

Man, you are crazy

maniac with a fastball

You scare me a bit

Jose Iglesias

Hit a little, please

A hurt Drew, flash the defense

slap singles and stay

Joel Hanrahan

Steady in the ninth

will Pittsburgh success translate?

make starters breathe easy

Jarrod Saltalamacchia

Some pop, and some Ks

drive in more runs, call good games

earn the pitchers’ trust

Will Middlebrooks

Year two improvement

hot corner is set for years

power and defense

Shane Victorino

Flyin’ Hawaiian

nickname is good one, but hit

or be called bad things

Mike Napoli

Creaky old man hips

Fenway power on display

tattoo the Monster

Dustin Pedroia

This is your team now

your hustle will set the tone

Laser Show comeback

Travis Lazarczyk — 861-9242

tlazarczyk@centralmaine.com