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A Note of Offensive Optomism

From what I have been reading about the Sox this coming season, the pitching staff is fantastic and the offense is potentially bad. While I think that diagnosis is potentially accurate, I wanted to poit out some optimistic points where others see failure.
Jacoby Ellsbury was a rookie last year. He can run like no one on the Sox since Otis Nixon, he has that surprising power when he turns on a heater, he is a much-improved outfielder who might be a gold glover in a year or two, and he plays the game very hard and intelligently. Yet, there seems to be a feeling that he is a failure waiting to happen. I feel strongly that he will be a good leadoff man at worst. If he learns Damon-esque plate discipline, he's a star.Ortiz and Lowell are not yet dead. I don't expect either to hit more than 30 homers or knock in much more than 100 teammates, but they are both great hitters and Lowell is a great fielder. I expect them both to be productive. I admit that I fear that Ortiz is Mo…