Stick a fork in the Red Sox, they are done

The Boston Red Sox ‘fall from grace’ has been extended for a third consecutive year; only this year will end up being the worst of the three. Bad decisions, poor leadership, complacency, and irresponsible signings, have all played a part in the storied franchise’s demise.

After losing to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim back in 2009 in a 3-0 ALDS sweep, the Red sox have been in some what of a free fall ever since with 3rd place finishes in the A.L. East over the next two years. And this season, sitting in 4th place with a 59-62 record, 12.5 games out of first place with just 40 more to play, they have entered baseball’s abyss which could conceivably see them finish in the 5th spot for the first time in 19 years; 1993, the year that Butch Hobson was their manager and their best player was Danny Darwin…

Ex-G.M. Theo Epstein had been responsible for some pretty bad signings since coming to the Red Sox; Mike Cameron, Matt Clement, Julio Lugo, J.D. Drew, and one of his worst, John Lackey. However in the off-season of 2004 he did make one move that was instrumental in turning the team around and ending the famous ‘Curse’ that had been hanging over the team ever since Babe Ruth was traded to the hated Yankees in 1918. And that was the signing of a quiet, non-assuming, relatively unknown manager, Terry Francona. In his seven years at the helm, Francona took the Sox to the Post Season 5 times, winning two World Series in the process. Read more here…