However, then...stars Ted Williams, Bobby Doerr, Dom DiMaggio and Johnny Pesky were overseas at war.
Now...the BoSox have to answer critics wondering how they could be 0-6 when they just added Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez to an already potent lineup.
Thankfully, for Red Sox Nation, two things happened on Friday.
One...Boston upended the Bombers 9-6.
And two...New Era put out this fantastic commercial. Yup, I just gave you a history lesson so you could watch an advertisement for baseball caps.