After the final spring training out was recorded the Red Sox were heading back to the Bronx. Back to the stadium where the horror 2012 season ended, back to the scene of three straight defeats to their oldest and most villainous rivals. In that three game series, the coup de grace of the Bobby Valentine year, the Sox would give up 28 runs while scoring only seven.Before a game was played in New York, the schedule revealed that the rebuilding Red Sox would subsequently travel North to the largest city in Canada, Toronto. Not since the early nineties had the expectations of the Jays fan base been so high, off season acquisitions of RA Dickey, Josh Johnson and Jose Reyes from the fire sale Miami Marlins, bolstered a squad already boasting power hitters Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Bautista.Daring to peek beyond the first two series of the season with any expectations of a better start than in each of the previous years was unlikely. Having started 0-6 in 2011 and then 1-5 in 2012, it would have been foolish to dream of having a winning record when the Baltimore Orioles came to Fenway for Boston’s home opener.And so, on April 1st, after the Red Sox had been introduced while the ‘Imperial March’ theme from Star Wars reverberated around the half empty stadium, Carsten Charles Sabathia delivered the first pitch of the 2013 regular season to Jacoby Ellsbury.Once again Jon Lester would toe the rubber on opening day for Boston. Reunited with his former mentor John Farrell, Lester made changes to his mechanics during the off season and throughout spring training where he, and game two starter, Clay Buchholz, complied sub 1.00 earned run averages. A good start to the season largely relied upon these two pitchers setting the early tone.Although there was media attention on new manager John Farrell and game one starter Jon Lester, ESPN, the Boston media and Sox fans had most of their attention elsewhere. Jackie Bradley Jr. caused a sensation in camp with a gaudy batting average, amazing defence and a great attitude. He was living the dream of every baseball fan and everyone wanted him to succeed. The voices of reason spoke of service time and lack of seasoning but no-one could argue that the rookie hadn’t lifted spirits. Except perhaps Mauro Gomez who was placed on waivers to allow Bradley to be added to the 40 man roster.The Stadium would finally start to fill up just as Boston put Sabathia to the sword in the top of the second inning. Boston fans applauded themselves and Jackie Bradley Jr. when he drew a seven pitch walk in his first major league at bat. Four runs would score in the inning and there would be no looking back for the Red Sox as Jon Lester would pitch five quality innings, allowing just two runs.The new look bullpen would handle the rest, Koji Uehara notably high fiving every member of the bench in bombastic fashion after a 1-2-3 sixth inning.Boston would notch another victory game two, Clay Buchholz successfully following Lester allowing only one run in seven innings. The one-two had done it’s job successfully, the Red Sox were on the front foot to start the season.Leaving New York with a series win was more than most expected but the reception John Farrell received in Toronto was exactly what was forecast.While Torontonians couldn’t quite fill the Rogers Center, the atmosphere was fully charged. John Farrell walked onto the field to present the lineup card to a chorus of boos. As he walked off the field the boos loudly continued, Farrell tipped his cap to the crowd and took his seat on the bench. In that moment he both riled up the home fans and rallied the visitors. A stark contrast to the last time a Boston manager tipped his cap to the crowd in April, when Bobby Valentine was roundly booed as New York stung the Sox on April 21st with a comeback from nine runs behind.After the game it was John Gibbons lamenting mistakes after John Farrell and the Red Sox quieted the crowd with a 6-4 win.Game two of this series would be sobering, the offence would only muster two hits against JA Happ and the Toronto bullpen and in the fifth inning John Lackey would have to leave the game with what later was revealed to only be a bicep strain, having looked much worse initially.After this two hit affair, Alex Speier of WEEI was probably feeling pretty good about his “Are Red Sox Facing A Power Outage” article of the previous day. That feeling would only last until game three where Jon Lester would return to the mound to face 2012 Cy Young award winner RA Dickey.While Lester would pitch a great game, going seven without giving up a run, and Clayton Mortensen would finish the game off with two scoreless innings of his own, all the headlines would be about offence. Will Middlebrooks would hit three (narrowly missing a fourth) of a 6 home run outburst. Dickey would allow 8 (7 earned) of 13 runs, while a much younger looking Dave Bush would allow five of his own. This was the Red Sox offence giving Speier a collective tip of the cap.There was no need for Farrell to again reach for the brow of his cap as the home fans turned their attentions to their new ace, booing Dickey as he trudged off the astroturf. And as the game came to a close, those Jays fans who had stayed turned to Mexican waves, streaking and paper airplanes for their entertainment. While the Red Sox players laughed, pointed and joked with each other, the Blue Jays dugout was a somber reminder of what underachieving does to morale. Red Sox fans might have some sympathy for a team and their fanbase whose expectations were not being realised.And so with two series wins in their pocket, the Red Sox would travel home to Boston already having made an opening statement to the Fenway faithful.