The Boston Red Sox's painstakingly prolonged fall from grace has been cringe-worthy even for an outsider to experience. Although the BoSox were once a proud franchise with an avid fan base, the entire organization has lost sight of their values—and with that, most of their best players.
It all began with last season's infamous September collapse that left the team out of the playoffs. The decline continued into the offseason with the departure of Terry Francona, and it has been further exacerbated in 2012 by new manager Bobby Valentine.
From the outset, Bobby V and the Red Sox seemed like an awkward fit. While nobody has ever questioned Valentine's knowledge of the game, it's no secret that his public antics had caused some issues earlier in his career.
Whether it was dressing up in Groucho glasses and entering his team's dugout after being ejected from a game or just his history of clashing with his bosses, the hiring of Bobby Valentine sent red flags up immediately.
All things considered, it shouldn't be a shock to anyone that Bobby V's time in Boston has been nothing short of an absolute train wreck. The team is currently 15 games out of first place and has lost seven straight. With the growing speculation that Valentine will be a one-and-done manager, the Red Sox season is basically over.
Let's examine four ways Bobby V has changed the BoSox culture this year, and how the team can eventually get back to competing for championships.