The more things change, the more the Sox remain unchanged.
Case in point: Alfredo Aceves has once again upset the apple cart of the Red Sox training camp where peace and harmony imitate Woodstock Nation for Red Sox Nation.
With everything sweetness and light, with mea culpae handed out like Halloween candy, Aceves refused to throw batting practice according to Hoyle.
Aceves lobbed a few cream puffs when the manager expected something other than a curve ball.
The result was that the players were grousing and the coaches were scratching their heads. No one in Red Sox Nation saw this coming.
Alfredo Aceves was excused last season with a few slaps on the wrist and a three-game suspension for his detrimental team behavior, but the Sox deemed their pink hat righteousness and kept Aceves around for another round.
Aceves has beaned Ben Cherington and is candidate for the Jimmy Piersall Award of the year.
It looks like the cat is out of the bag, and the barn door has been closed as Seabiscuit runs into the sunset.
It seems like the Good Ship Lollipop has sprung a leak at Fenway South.
The new Dudley Do-Right of the Red Sox, manager John Farrell, has met the old Snidely Aceves-and the villain has tied owner John Henry to the railroad tracks.
Once again the Sox management has met the enemy-and it is Wrong Way Aceves.
The Sox made a point of purging all the bad apples in the barrel last season, but they missed one.
Manager Farrell now admits you can lead a horse to water, but you cannot make him pitch batting practice.
The Red Sox are in the first week of preseason, but they have already proven more axioms than you can shake a bat at.