The Red Sox played their last game of the 2012 season at Fenway Park and fitting with how the season has gone it was another loss. The fell to the Rays 4-2, thus being swept in the brief two-game series. The Red Sox finished the year 34-47 at home, their worst record at Fenway since 1965. It was also the first time since 1997 the team finished the year with a sub .500 record at home, and it was also the last time a team finished below .500 overall as well. Could this have been the last game Bobby Valentine manages at Fenway Park?
The team followed up Tuesday night’s honoring of the 2004 World Series team with a pre-game ceremony naming the All-Fenway Park team. The team included 40 Red Sox players voted on by the fans as well as the organization. It was a very good mix of players from many decades, past and present, many of whom were on hand Wednesday night for the ceremony. Unlike Tuesday night’s ceremony honoring the 2004 team, this was a very nice way to wrap up the 100th anniversary of the Red Sox and not a PR stunt to try and attract fans to a meaningless game. If there is one thing to be said about the 2012 Red Sox is they do know how to put on a great pre-game ceremony, which have gone on throughout the year.
Enough with the Fenway 100 Celebrations- Tony Massarotti has had enough of all the celebrations this year.
The contrived party is over at Fenway Park- Dan Shaughnessy also didn’t like the pre-game festivities, especially last night. He says the franchise has lost its way.
Bobby Valentine not conceding this is the end- Michael Vega says Valentines pre-game press conference Wednesday sounded like his last one ever at Fenway Park.
A Fenway finale, but same Bobby Valentine- Scott Lauber looks at what could have been Valentine’s last game as manager at Fenway Park.
Red Sox look through gloom- Gordon Edes looks back at the final home game of the year and also how there is hope for the future.
David Ortiz: ‘It’s going to get better’- Joe McDonald says Ortiz wants to come back next season and also end his career as a member of the Red Sox.
After three days of replacement referee talks, the league and the refs finally reached a deal late Wednesday night and the refs will reportedly be ready to go for tonight’s Ravens/Browns game. All I can say is, it’s about time.
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