Please don’t read this column with the impression that I personally don’t want to see the Boston Red Sox miss the postseason for a third straight year.
I grew up in suburban Boston and have followed the Ole Towne Team for more than 20 years. I want to see them win.
If Boston’s 2012 season thus far has taught us anything, it’s that there are systemic issues with the organization that can’t be pretended away.
It has been painful to watch the Sox soap operas unfold—and painful to write about it.
But often times it takes a setback season like this one for a team to rethink how it does things.
The suggestion of a complete overhaul—like the one posed in a widely-read June 13 story by fellow featured columnist Christopher Benvie—is understandable. Yet positive changes can be an incremental process and just as effective.
If October comes and the Red Sox are sitting at home again, their offseason list of goals should consist of the following.