Quote to note

"It has changed a bit over the years, but I think now what I look forward to is, as silly as it may sound, getting into the grind of the season. Just getting a lot of the firsts out of the way, where you're not answering the questions about the guy who got off to the 1-for-20 start or the guy who's 10-for-20, 'Do you think he's going to hit .500 this year?' When you get into the thick of the season, that's when you find out what kind of team you are."
-- Francona

Tyler Emerick is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.