How did we get here?
Clearly, for $170 million fans are entitled to expect a bit more.
While the team may be last in the standings, they are still certainly staying in the news. First, there was Bobby Valentine and Ben Cherington arguing in spring training about how to use Jose Iglesias. Next, Valentine disparaged Kevin Youkilis’ effort on the field. Now, the Josh Beckett “Golf-gate” is grabbing headlines and swallowing up the radio airwaves.
Coupled with the drama-fueled September 2011 and offseason, it appears this just may be business as usual for the Sox going forward. There’s always something with this team.
The constant glare of media attention is partially responsible for some of this, certainly. In what other city would a GM and manager debating a prospect’s short-term future be a major story hashed out for days on end?
However, there is a larger problem than the media horde blowing things out of proportion. This team has seemingly lost the ability to win baseball games. Like all dynasties, as they attempted to hold onto their power the more it seemed to slip away. What we are now left with is an organization in shambles at all levels.
Blame for this catastrophic downfall can’t be put all on one person. Just as it took a collective effort on all levels of the franchise to bring two World Series titles to Boston, so too has it been a group endeavor to plummet into mediocrity.
Here are, in no particular order, the top 10 people who Red Sox fans can blame for the team’s precipitous downfall: