In a shocking story, the Red Sox just did not have enough bats or another reliever to go to in this series against the Rays.
If only boy genius Theo Epstein had made a few moves at the trade deadline, maybe, just maybe the Red Sox would have had enough to take two of three or maybe even sweep the Rays.
But it was Epstein who gave up on this team a long time ago when he did not go after a Scott Podsednik, Austin Kearns, Lance Berkman, or Scott Downs. Then, Epstein decides to throw a slow pitch softball pitch to Johnny Damon and the entire United States knew what the answer was going to be. Today he makes a feeble claim on Mike Napoli when the Red Sox season officially is over (six-and-a-half games back after tonight).
I give Francona a lot of credit winning with his Triple-A team. I have bashed Francona in the past and quite frankly leaving Buchoilz in last night was another reason to do so. But give the guy his due, this team on paper the last month is not very impressive.
If the Red Sox are going to clean house in the offseason, then please do the whole house. No more taking third strikes Drew, no more Big Papi complaining about a pitch down the middle, no more flack jacket Elsbury, no more meatball Delcarmen, no more home run server Papelbon, no more Mike Lowell, and no more head down Okajima. It is time to re-sign Victor Martinez and Beltre for two or three years. This team needs a new identity.
It may also need a new general manager because the one they have now did nothing this year to help this team make the playoffs.