April 14, 1993

Butch Hobson began the second season of his Red Sox managerial career with a six-game road trip that came with a tag marked “Danger.” they started with three-game series at Kansas City and Texas, two locales where, historically, they were at their worst.

Having gone 73-89 in 1992, in seventh place in the American League East, imagine the greeting Hobson would have endured at the home opener if the Red Sox took the field still searching for their first win.

But the 29,606 on hand had no complaints after a 6-2 win over the Cleveland Indians (except the cold, windy, threatening skies). Frank Viola earned his first Red Sox win. New second baseman Scott Fletcher had two RBIs and scored two runs.

Hobson was, understandably, pumped when it was over, declaring that this edition of the Red Sox just might surprise lots of folks who dismissed them. This year would be contenders.

And for much of the season they propped up Hobson’s expectations. They started August 59-46, aa mere 1.5 games behind the first-place Blue Jays.

From there, they faded. By the end of August the Red Sox were 69-63, 7.5 games behind. They finished 80-82.

That was a notable improvement from 1992, but not enough to inspire dancing in the streets.

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