Kevin Youkilis, once a beloved star in Boston, will probably be traded before this season is over. Josh Beckett, the dynamic ace of the 2007 World Champion Red Sox, could be run out of town soon. And when they go, it will be business as usual in Boston.
The Red Sox have an image of being a warm and cozy franchise. But take a look at how they treat their stars over the past four-and-a half decades and you will see they have all the sentimentality of Michael Corleone at the baptism.
The Yankees, for all of their cold Evil Empire exterior, keep bringing their stars back for encores. The Red Sox keep throwing them under the bus. All the legends return annually to the Bronx for Old Timers Day. Some of the biggest names in Red Sox history could not bury the hatchet enough to attend the 100th anniversary celebration at Fenway.
This is a 25-man roster made entirely of Red Sox players who have left the team since the mid 1970s with a chip on their shoulder. Sometimes, they were treated poorly by management. Sometimes, they were one-time stars who soured on the city. And more than a few took shots at management before leaving in a huff.
There's a starting player at each position, a five-man rotation, a five-man bullpen and a six-player bench. Also, there's a coaching staff and front office of disgruntled managers and GMs as well.
Cue up "Dirty Water." These are the Ungrateful Exit Red Sox!