Center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. got his first taste of the postseason, going 1-for-10 with seven strikeouts during the Division Series.
The Red Sox, widely regarded as the favorite to win the AL pennant when the playoffs began, got swept.
Out of that disappointment comes hope. Consider Thomas Davis Authentic Jersey what happened against the Indians to be a learning experience for a Red Sox team that leaned heavily on 40-year-old franchise icon David Ortiz in his farewell season but was defined by its youth. Betts and Bogaerts turned 24 last month; Bradley is 26; left fielder Andrew Benintendi, who homered in his first playoff at-bat, is 22; the farm system is loaded with prospects, including 21-year-old infielder Yoan Moncada.
It’s no wonder president of baseball operations Trai Turner Authentic Jersey Dave Dombrowski is focused on making changes on the margins this winter while believing the Red Sox’s core is best left intact and will only benefit from having gone through this past season together.
“First game of the postseason there’s a little anxiety,” Farrell said. “And you combine it with an 8 o’clock start, which, even when we have an 8 o’clock start on a Sunday during the regular season, there’s a different feel to it. The fact that we had three days down [after the regular season], five guys in our lineup being their first postseason, yeah, there were some things that were firsts.”
It didn’t get appreciably better over the next two games. Before Bradley singled in the ninth inning of Game 3, he was 0-for-9 with seven strikeouts. Betts finished 2-for-10 with one extra-base hit. Shortstop Xander Bogaerts, along for the ride when Boston won the World Series in 2013 but still at an impressionable stage of his career, was 1-for-8 with four strikeouts before going 2-for-4 in Game 3.
Amaro referred to the “quiet confidence” that the holdovers from the 2007 Phillies took into 2008. With Betts, Bradley and Bogaerts stepping more squarely into leadership roles with the post-Ortiz Red Sox, he believes they will exhibit the same attitude he saw from those Phillies.
“I think those guys just seriously believed they could do this and have success,” Amaro said. “They went into  with a little bit more confidence and obviously more experience, and that certainly helped. With our guys, I fully expect in the future, if they get those [postseason] opportunities again, and hopefully they will, they will go out there and take care of business.”