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.
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.
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.
Terry Francona has outlasted the legendary Boston star system to quietly become the most successful manager in the history of the Red Sox.