One of the classic linear stages of group development is forming, storming, norming and performing.
If the 2012 Red Sox fall into this pattern, they'll be OK.
But if they don't, it's going to be a dismal season of discontent on Yawkey Way.
New manager Bobby Valentine brings a different approach. The players, especially those who played under Terry Francona, are forming. They're adapting. They're learning.
But a 4-10 start, including five straight losses at Fenway, have the team storming. The outspoken Valentine is ruffling feathers. The players are questioning process. The clubhouse is not a pleasant place.
Will the Red Sox find their norm? If so, they'll perform. Clearly, they have the talent.
This is group dynamics on a national stage.
Pull up a seat.