Let’s be clear: 2015 wasn’t the best year for the Boston Red Sox.
They finished six games under .500 (78-84) and in last place in the American League East for the third time in four seasons — not exactly the type of bounce-back campaign Red Sox Nation expected after Boston shelled out nearly $200 million to Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez after a disappointing 2014 season.
But 2015 also wasn’t the worst.
The Red Sox’s solid stretch run gave reason to believe they’ll be much better in 2016. And Dave Dombrowski’s aggressive approach this offseason further validates such beliefs.
For the purposes of this exercise, let’s consider the Red Sox’s winter wheeling and dealing — most notably, signing David Price to a huge contract — off the table and focus on what happened during the 2015 season. While the overall results weren’t pretty, there were certain moments that undoubtedly captivated Red Sox Nation for a variety of reasons.
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Thumbnail photo via Pedro Martinez and David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox
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