Whenever the Red Sox have a down year (and by “down year” we might mean 90 wins) there will always be over-analysis and blame handed out for the fate of the team. The media assigns themselves this job, and it is on display today.
I’ll sum it up for you so that you don’t need to read the pieces. Gerry Callahan blames the highly paid Texas duo of Josh Beckett and John Lackey for the Red Sox failure. John Tomase points to an early season sweep in Baltimore as a sign of a bad year to come. Dan Shaughnessy says that the team never had a chance because they weren’t built for winning, they were built as a bridge year team. Bill Burt calls the Red Sox fans quitters. Jim Donaldson wants to declare them dead, but is a little gun shy since 2004.
You get the drift.
On the plus side, there is now time to look at the future. There are some good articles this morning as well:
Alternative energy - Amalie Benjamin has a feature on Ryan Kalish, who many feel will be a fixture in the Red Sox outfield for years to come.
Rehabbing Westmoreland set for major personal milestone on Tuesday in Lowell - Daniel Barbarisi has Ryan Westmoreland continuing to make amazing progress.
Brian MacPherson checks in with three Red Sox prospects:
Five reasons to watch the Red Sox in September - Sean McAdam says there are still reasons to watch the Red Sox.
Owner touts Terry Francona, Theo Epstein - Scott Lauber has John Henry standing behind his manager and GM.
Patriots hurting for healthy bodies - Mike Reiss has the Patriots already dealing with injuries.
Reel world sets in after unsightly loss - Shalise Manza Young’s notebook has the Patriots getting served more humble pie while reviewing the film from the Rams game.