This is kind of a spin-off of the “trade a title for last place thread”. All of last year we had a thread called “is this the best Red Sox team ever?” that eventually morphed into “this IS the best Red Sox team ever”. I said after the season that I thought it was the best season in Red Sox history but not necessarily the best team. If the same cast of characters has a lousy 2019, does that change your opinion of 2018? When 2014 and 2015 happened, we (rightfully IMO) began to look at 2013 as somewhat of a fluke occurrence. The 2018 team had a historic season, and as has been pointed out elsewhere, romped through the playoffs despite their ace and closer barely contributing. If the 2019 team fails to turn it around in a meaningful way, it will reinforce my opinion that while it was the greatest season in Sox history, it was not necessarily the best team. It doesn’t take away the magic of last year, but to me it would change my historical perspective on the team. Maybe this is a bunch of garbage and everyone will disagree with me but I thought it might be worthy of its own discussion. And yes, I realize between this thread, the hangover thread, the trade off thread, and the Pedroia thread, there is a lot of negativity in Sox Nation right now.