Since snapping the curse in 2004, the Red Sox have gone 0-for-October. The closest Boston has come to winning anything is as the backdrop for "The Departed."
Nevertheless, it's tough to envision another third-place finish in the AL East. Not with three pitchers who have No. 1-starter stuff -- Curt Schilling, Josh Beckett and Daisuke Matsuzaka -- in the rotation.
If new additions J.D. Drew and Julio Lugo earn their $23M keep, Dustin Pedroia makes a smooth transition from Pawtucket, Manny decides to show up in September, Big Papi continues his mashing spree and Jonathan Papelbon's arm doesn't fall off -- the Sox could thrive.
Will euphoria return to Beantown, or is misery on the horizon once again? Let us know what you think.