Monday, October 24, 2011

Breakdown in Boston

Theo Epstein leaving the Red Sox for the Cubs marks end of era in Boston and drama that started in September. With 9 1/2 lead heading into September Red Sox blew it and missed the playoffs. Fitting their final game of the season with a collapse losing 2-0 lead and the game 3-2 to Baltimore Orioles. Lots of finger pointing and blame went around with Terry Francona, pitching staff that got worn out and tired, and batters forgetting how to swing the bat. It ended with Francona and Epstein leaving the team. Between the season ending to now drama spilled out of the ball club with Boston Globe leading the way and the media eating it up. Boston Globe blamed the collapse on starting pitchers Jon Lester, John Lackey, and Josh Beckett playing video games, eating fast food, and drinking beer in the clubhouse during games. Francona got the blamed for losing control of the team along his personal life aired out.

To me Red Sox played strong throughout the season, but started off poorly in the first month and ran out of gas in the final month. Pitching was so bad that reports Red Sox tried to pick up any fringe 5th starter in a trade for a player to be named later with no avail. The result of the drama have the Red Sox to look for a new manager and GM and the league looking into drinking allegations. The team is in search for any dignity they have whatsoever.

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