It's hard to believe, but despite last season's Red Sox finishing the year with the largest September collapse in baseball history, the 2012 squad will instead be remembered for having one of the most dysfunctional clubhouses ever.
This is what happens when no player steps up to lead.
When captain Jason Varitek retired following last season, the "C" on his chest was supposed to metaphorically transfer to the jersey of the new de facto captain Dustin Pedroia.
Or so everyone thought.
The transition to Pedroia never seemed to happen, as the second baseman hasn't stepped up to the plate and acknowledged his new role; even though it was never formally bestowed upon him.
Perhaps, this would have been acceptable if there had been someone else in the clubhouse to lead, either vocally or by example.
There hasn't been.
Instead, the clubhouse has run rampant with tattletaling, mutiny and overall tomfoolery.
Luckily, there are ways to fix these issues and start anew in 2013.