In ESPN The Magazine, Howard Bryant writes that as the Yankees-Sox rivalry fades into baseball's background, David Ortiz grapples with a post-superpower world.
Sooner or later, the Red Sox balloon was bound to burst. No franchise could be expected to sustain such a draining and taxing regimen for so long a time.
The Red Sox were able to break away from past failings to build a championship franchise. But it took only one month to allow ego, pettiness and division to tear down their greatest run of success.
It's time for a good long look at what Theo Epstein has wrought in Boston in the wake of the Red Sox's September collapse. One writer says the view isn't pretty.
It's always a harbinger of hope, sure. But in this year's mixed-up, locked-out sports world, baseball's Opening Day is something else, too. It's shelter from the storm.
Josh Hamilton and David Ortiz each had opportunities to clear their conscience Saturday, but only one -- Hamilton -- sounded like a human being.
David Ortiz had said all the right things. He wanted us to believe he was different from the rest. Now, it appears he's one of them.
When Howard Bryant wrote about David Ortiz's power slump and didn't mention steroids, readers reacted with surprise. So a question arises: Has the relationship between fans and the game finally reached a tipping point?
The home runs are nonexistent and the batting average is embarrassing, but David Ortiz stands firm in the belief that we are not witnessing the decline and fall of Big Papi.
After a devastating loss in Game 5, the Rays can't let their thoughts betray them if they hope to advance to the World Series.
Once all fists with no punch, the Rays can finally deliver a real knockout blow to the Red Sox in the ALCS.
Though a playoff berth has not yet been guaranteed, and this was not the pressure of October, the Rays learned they could compete -- and beat -- the Red Sox on a big stage, Howard Bryant writes.
Boston's title in October, the second in four years, has produced a vindication for the Red Sox organization and has cemented a certain type of mood, a champion's mood.
Gone are the seven-game epics that ended in misery. The Red Sox are writing a new history, one marked by efficiency and excellence.
Because money rules and AL teams are forced to spend more for high-paid DHs, it's time for the NL to adopt the extra hitter, as well.