To bluntly state the obvious, the Boston Red Sox are a mess.
They have been that way for over a year now, ever since 2011’s epic collapse.
A lifelong Red Sox fan, I can personally say without a hint of doubt that 2012 was the least invested in a Red Sox season I have been since probably 2002, at which point I was 12 years old. 2012 was also the first season in as long as I can remember in which I did not attend a single Red Sox game.
I reference my personal state regarding the team because I think it is a microcosm for the current state of Red Sox Nation as a whole. We’re frustrated, disappointed and quite frankly embarrassed by the latest edition of our beloved Red Sox. As quickly as the team became lovable and enthralling over the past decade, it became an overpaid, overrated group of detestable individuals over the past 14 months or so.
Encouragingly, steps have been taken to dump bad attitudes and worse contracts from the roster to begin the rebuilding process. And while many might choose to begin placing blame at the very top with the ownership, unfortunately, only the owners decide who owns the team.
The moves that must be made to get the Red Sox back to the only place Boston fans want to see them—atop of the AL East—are quite possibly innumerable, but here is a not-at-all-exhaustive list of four major ones that will get things moving in the right direction.