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Eric D. Schabell
Contributing Writer

The shortstop saga is behind us.

Opening Day is just hours away.

Xander Bogaerts is ready for his first ever start on day one of a fresh new season.

The moment is not lost on the 21 year old rookie shortstop.

"Coming in on the bus today, I was thinking that last year I opened at Double-A and this year I'm in the big leagues," Bogaerts said. "That's really special right there, from Double-A to the big leagues in one year, and Opening Day, that's pretty good."

One might be a bit worried that the awe of the moment would rattle the rookie, but little does.

After the calm he showed in the 2013 postseason, the poise he displayed in the World Series, and the good Spring Training he has been having, there is nothing but praise from his manager John Farrell.

"He's swung the bat very well in this last week of camp. But as we've seen, he takes everything in stride, and whether he's dealing with things internally, he doesn't show them to you. We do have some conversations that take into account some of the things he's going to be thrust into. He takes everything with a smile and shows you that everything is under control."

The future is now.

The young talented shortstop Xander Bogaerts is the Boston Red Sox shortstop this year and Opening Day will kick of a new chapter in the history of the Boston Red Sox.

Sit back and enjoy, just as Xander Bogaerts is going to enjoy playing on Opening Day.

Post a comment or via twitter @ericschabell with your thoughts.

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