LITTLE BIG MAN: As the Red Sox begin the playoffs with a series against the Angels, I can't say that I am optimistic about the team's prospects.
Beckett is hurt, Lowell is hurt, and Drew is hurt. Big Papi has been hurting all season long, as has last year's star of the playoffs, Jacoby Ellsbury. Jed Lowrie, thrust into a key role in mid-season, has been showing obvious signs of fatigue. Varitek is no longer an elite catcher and let's just say that Kevin Cash is no one's idea of a good backup at that position.
The Sox do have a strong run differential, but they have struggled mightily all season long against that team from southern California with the comically long name.
Yet when I look back on this season, I have a feeling of delight, thanks largely to the extraordinary season of Dustin Pedroia. He is truly an amazing and inspiring player.