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By MIKE MILIARD  |  April 2, 2008

What’s the response been so far?
I think the reaction has been very, very good. We started about four weeks ago and already have more than a thousand customers. I enjoy doing it. And I’d say 98 percent of the response has been positive. I got an e-mail an hour ago from somebody who signed up today and is already cancelling his subscription because we didn’t have any season previews. You can’t please everybody. You try. But I do what I do, and I’m enjoying it.

How much time each week would you say you spend not thinking about baseball?
Not thinking about baseball? I would answer this way: the only time in my life that I ever go an hour without thinking about baseball is at, like, a really good movie. And if it’s not such a good movie, my mind will wander back to baseball.

Well, that’s good for us Red Sox fans. Looking forward, what are the promises and the challenges you see in the coming season?
Keeping the starting rotation healthy is gonna be a huge thing. We have young pitchers coming along. But nonetheless, I think everyone would tell you we would have been happier coming into the season if we’d been able to make the pitching deeper — getting the young pitching in position to help, but also keeping the pressure off them, so they can develop, is going to be a huge balancing act. It’s going to be really tough to keep both of those objectives in mind all the time.

But you’re optimistic we can at least make a good run at a world series repeat?
Hopefully we’ll have a decent season.

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