The Boston Red Sox, as an organization, are steeped in history. Most of this history is good.
They would have been tantalized if someone had told them at the beginning of the season that this team would accomplish something that no Sox team had done since 1965.
Indeed they did set a new mark for the modern era of this storied franchise; unfortunately, it is a bit of a dubious distinction.
At 69-93, the 2012 Boston Red Sox were the worst baseball team to take the field at Fenway in almost half a century.
It was a performance so staggering that fans and commentators were often at a loss for words. The Sox managed to destroy themselves with injuries, infighting and completely horrible play.
New manager Bobby Valentine, who was supposed to restore order after the disarray that marked the collapse of 2011, proved to be an unmitigated disaster who only added to the dysfunction.
It was a year many would like to forget, certainly. With the season now three weeks gone and free agency set to begin after the World Series, it’s time to look at the grades of the Sox’s overall efforts in 2012 and start to look forward to 2013: