The 2012 Boston Red Sox have been living in the American League East's cellar for almost all of the season through 60 games. There have been organizational missteps (converting reliever Daniel Bard to a starter), major injuries, communication problems and underwhelming performances.
Fair or unfair, one of the scapegoats for the mass panic in Boston has been Kevin Youkilis and his .681 OPS through 34 games (he has missed almost half the season due to injury). There is a $13 million club option in Youkilis' contract for the 2013 season, but if declined, the Greek God of Walks will become a free agent. A 2011 All-Star, Kevin Youkilis has seen his star fall fast from the sky, having been quickly replaced in the minds of Red Sox fans by hot-hitting third baseman prospect, Will Middlebrooks. It remains to be seen whether Youkilis can regain his highly productive past or whether this is truly the beginning of his permanent fall from grace in Boston.
However rapid and pronounced, Youkilis' fall does not stack up to the collapses of five previously-promising Red Sox players that all elicit painful memories with Red Sox faithful.