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.
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.
Amid an era in which the GM has become a franchise's dominant figure, the Red Sox have gone retro, allowing manager Terry Francona to be the voice.