BOSTON-- We were struck on the first game of the season for the Red Sox that they could easily change roles with counterparts on the Boston Celtics.
Obviously we have been drawing parallels between Rajon Rondo and Jacoby Ellsbury for years. This season is Rondo's turn to be out for the year.
We noticed each team has a Bradley with great expectations. On the Celtics it is Avery and on th Sox it is Jackie, Jr.
That's not all. For years we have noted that each team has a big guy: Papi and the Ticket. They too have reached the plateau of being out for extended periods. David Ortiz and Kevin Garnett plan on swapping ankles in a transplant.
The Sox have brought in a player who never made it too much in other cities, and the Celtics have done the same. You have Johnny Gomes in red stockings and Jason Terry in green sneakers.
Each team has young stars who are the hope of the future, as long as their bodies don't give out. Will Middlebrooks and Jared Sullinger are expected to be all-stars as soon as they can put together a complete season.
Some cynical fans think each team has a player vastly overrated. On the Celtics it is Jeff Green, and on the Sox it is Jarred Saltalamacchia.
And, each team has a lifelong team guy who expects to end his career in Boston. Paul Pierce is a survivor, and so is Dustin Pedroia.
And, with all these great players, both teams have a slim chance to go anywhere in the playoffs.