Welcome one and all whether you're a fan of the Sox or a hater, everyone and anyone is welcomed here.... Pitchers and catchers report on Friday so we might as well start up the thread. The Sox came within 1 game of reaching the World Series last year and didn't really lose any key guys while adding a few. Key additions: RHP- John Smoltz RHP- Brad Penny RHP- Takashi Saito RHP- Junichi Tazawa RHP- Ramon Ramirez C- Josh Bard OF- Rocco Baldelli Key losses: 1B- Sean Casey RHP- Curt Schilling RHP- Mike Timlin RHP- Paul Byrd OF- Coco Crisp The key to this season will be the health of the team, specifically David Ortiz, Mike Lowell, Rocco Baldelli, Josh Beckett, John Smoltz, Brad Penny and Saito. If those guys can stay healthy than this team will be very good especially pitching wise as the team looks to have a very deep rotation and pen with guys like Clay Buchholz, Michael Bowden, Daniel Bard and Junichi Tazawa waiting in the minors. Overall I like this Sox team, I think they will make the playoffs (probably via the Wild Card), I think Josh Beckett will have a big year as well as Brad Penny if he can stay healthy. I think both Jacoby Ellsbury and Jed Lowrie will improve and Justin Masterson will give the team a lot of innings out of the pen. I also think we'll see the continued development of Jon Lester into an ace. Well boys, here's to a good 2009 season with a lot of memories. Let's go Red Sox!