In the 2010 off season the Sox acquired both Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford, two big name players who were thought to bring the Sox to glory. With a pitching staff of a fantasy team (Beckett, Lester, Lackey, Buchholz, Papelbon) the Sox were the favorites to win the World Series, well we all know how that turned out.
A rough April lead to a lot of doubters, but the Sox turned it on, come August they were the "best" team in baseball. Then September, the epic collapse, that brought the AL East leading Sox to the dumpster as they missed the playoffs.
The 2011 off season saw the departure of manager Terry Francona. G.M. Theo Epstein fled town to go to Chicago. Knuckle ball pitcher Tim Wakefield and captain Jason Varitek called it quits, and Papelbon fled to Philadelphia.
In came Bobby Valentine to hopefully turn the frown upside down, but again a slow start in April didn't help erase the previous season's failure. The Sox played up and down until late July when they were in the race. Then they just fell off the board. They said goodbye to Beckett, Crawford, Gonzalez, and Youkilis and brought up "farmers." With a record of 69-93 they finished last in the AL East and third to last in the AL.
Now a number of questions rise: Will Bobby Valentine get slashed? Who will replace him? Will they resign Papi? Are they going to let Dice-K walk? Is Lackey going to return to his once dominant self?
A bunch of questions that no one knows the answers to. All I can say is what a shame. An organization that was always above the rest now in the gutters. Complete disgrace to the fans, complete disgrace to the city. It's unfortunate that the Sox have hit this low, but maybe it's a good thing. Maybe something good will come from this, but with a season filled of all this distress there isn't much good that we can take out of it.
Andrew J. Kennedy 10/04/2012 10:21:00 AM Tweet