Boston Massacre

Robert Andino’s walk off single followed by Evan Longoria’s shot concluded the train wreck that was the 2011 Red Sox. The season to forget began with an 0-8 start, which most Sox fans thought would have been their worst stretch of the year. Boy were they wrong. The middle of the season was great, with Boston having the best record in baseball from May to August and scoring 5 plus runs a game. While the offense was explosive, one man never really joined the hit parade, that man was Carl Crawford. After signing a 7 yr, 142 million dollar contract, Crawford never seemed to handle the pressure and play like the All-Star he was in Tampa.   With a .255 batting average, 11 homers, 55 runs batted in and a career low 18 stolen bases, he was a huge disappointment in bean town. The pitching was never great all year, but the offense bailed them out of most games. The rotation that was expected to be strong, lost Dice K and Clay Buchholz and never found replacements for them all year. John Lackey, was just as bad in year two of his contract, going 12-12 with a 6.41 era and gave up 141 earned runs. The rotation help at the deadline was Eric Bedard, who did not improve this ball club much at all. He threw 38 innings giving up 17 earned runs and walking 18. He also did not get out of the 4th inning in 3 of those starts.  The bullpen for the most part was much better than last year, until September. Daniel Bard, the potential closer in waiting, imploded in September giving up 11 earned runs and 9 walks in 9 innings. With all these great things happening in September, the Red Sox went 7-20 and blew a 9 game wild card lead over the Tampa Bay Rays. There will be many changes this off-season with J.D. Drew retiring, Jonathan Papelbon a free agent and Jacoby Ellsbury looking to get paid, but the biggest question is whether or not Terry Francona will keep his job. Much like the 2004 and 2007 Red Sox this team will be remembered by the fans, but not for good reasons.

Pretty much sums up Crawford's first season.

Ellsbury had an MVP year.

Never found Buchholz's replacement all year.

That reaction is John Lackey's season in a nutshell.

Bedard didnt provide the impact they hoped.

Daniel Bard's September performance.

Will these two return next year?

Theo has some questions to answer this off season.

New Red Sox killer strikes again.

This Longoria blast....

Concluded the collapse.

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3 thoughts on “Boston Massacre

  1. Great article, love the photos. What an unbelievable collapse from the Red Sox. I can say honestly that throughout this whole thing I never thought that the Red Sox would actually do it. I thought it would be great if it could happen but just couldn’t believe that it ever would. What a day for baseball. A year with no races turned into a year with unbelievable races on both sides. Jonthan Papelbon with a blown save and Evan Longoria with a walk-off homer. Two major players in each franchise playing huge roles in the end result. It don’t get much better than that. This is what Major League Baseball is all about! Also, you think you could check out my blog cuz I’d love to hear what you have to say. http://chrisross91.wordpress.com/2011/09/28/how-can-you-not-laugh/

  2. Tough way to finish the season…..peace out Francona…I’m sure others will follow

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