Baseball is of course a team sport. No individual player can single handidly determine the outcome of every game.
The sports' 162 game regular season insures that a variety of players will make contributions throughout the season.
When the Red Sox eventually start to play games that count the individual players will start to write the story of the 2012 season. The 2012 Red Sox will eventually be known as "something". A "winner", a "loser". There will be numerous accolades and critiques hurled in their direction.
The individual players will get that treatment as well.
While no one on the 2011 Red Sox could have been happy about the way the season concluded it's a safe bet to assume that Jacoby Ellsbury entered the offseason feeling a little better about 2011 than John Lackey did.
What will the members of the 2012 Red Sox be remembered for?