Boston Herald says Red Sox 2011 could be best ever?

So I wake up this morning, and I peruse through the various publications that I study with interest every morning, culling as much research as possible for possible story lines. I then get to the Boston Herald, where reporter John Tomase says that this version of the Boston Red Sox could be the best ever.

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I lived in Boston for over 40 years, and never once have I seen that kind of optimism from any publication, much less the Boston Herald.

However, John Tomase may not be totally off the mark here. While the 1977 and 1978 Red Sox teams were offensive beasts, they certainly lacked the pitching depth that the current Red Sox have. And the 1967 Impossible Dream team was a bunch of rag-tag players who came together for one magical season.

This team features All-Stars, potential Hall of Fame candidates, and even bench players who would be starting on many other teams.

So, Tomase may not be totally off the mark here, right?

However, there is one important factor that must be considered in order for this team to be called the best ever: injuries.

Last year’s season-ending injuries to Jacoby Ellsbury, Kevin Youkilis, and Dustin Pedroia, combined with key injuries to Josh Beckett, Mike Cameron and Jed Lowrie, along with an assortment of other ailment for other players, put an end to a Red Sox season that could have been magical in itself.

If this team can stay healthy, Tomase’s words may very well ring true.

Tell us what you think. Do you agree with John Tomase in his assessment? Could this team be the best ever in Boston history? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section down below!

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