It's been almost exactly five months to the day since Koji Uehara struck out Matt Carpenter to finish one of the most improbable and unlikely championships this city has ever seen. The 2013 Red Sox went from a group claiming "please don't hate us" to the most dominant team in Major League Baseball throughout regular and postseason play. After an offseason where Jacoby Ellsbury joined the hated Yankees and starting SS Stephen Drew walked away, the Sox are back and are ready to defend their title.
The Red Sox open the 2014 campaign on Monday with a 3-game stretch in Baltimore. The champs will get the rings and acknowledge their fans for the first time this Friday during the home opener versus the Milwaukee Brewers. A strong core of players from last year's team remain including star hitters David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia, and Mike Napoli as well as pitchers Jon Lester, John Lackey, and Clay Buchholz. Rookie sensation Xander Bogaerts comes in with a lot of upside but will certainly be under a microscope.
To get you ready for all things Red Sox this coming season here are some links to useful websites for schedules, statistics, merchandise, tickets, and more!
ESPN.com Red Sox team page
Boston Red Sox official ticketing website
Fenway Park - tours, parking, concession info
SoxProspects - statistics updated daily on top Red Sox future prospects
47 Brand Red Sox apparel