This may be the saddest end to any future Hall of Famer's career.
The original rumor came from WFAN in New York City.
As sad as this is, why did it take Terry Francona this long to realize that it's just not working out? Why did he still opt to start Smoltz in perhaps one of the biggest games during this road-trip stretch?
The loss last night puts Boston
three-and-a-half games back of New York and just three games ahead in the loss column to Tampa Bay
who has been surging.
The Red Sox?
They are 15-15 since July 1 and 8-11 since the break.
And what does this remind any Sox fan of?
That August meltdown just three seasons ago, perhaps one of the worst meltdowns in recent years. Is this going to happen again?
Every player thinkable is hurt: J.D. Drew, Jason Bay, Rocco Baldelli, Tim Wakefield, and Daisuke Matsuzaka.
The pitching rotation has collapsed behind Josh Beckett and Jon Lester. David Ortiz' and Jacoby Ellsbury's bats have gone cold, and trading away Justin Masterson for Victor Martinez is looking more horrendous by the day, especially when the Sox need a long reliever to eat up innings.
Can this be stopped? Everything is happening so fast and it's hard to understand why.