Tonight, ladies and gentlemen of Red Sox Nation, we get what we’ve been begging for: minor league wunderkind and Top Sox Prospect Xander Bogaerts is making his big league debut.

Can he match the hype? Will the pressure be too much? Will he go yard, mathematically eliminate the Rays and defeat Communism in his first at-bat? Probably not. But starting against one of the worst teams the NL has to offer can’t hurt his cause.

If he comes through big time, it’ll be just another cool twist to THE SEASON OF INCREDIBLY AWESOME THINGS.

Think positive. Think Peavy. Think X-Factor. Think playoffs. We’re gettin’ there, baby. A little bit closer every day.