Only one thing is certain — Bobby Valentine is no bargain and his Red Sox are headed for the basement.
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2012 World Series — Best four out of seven
Texas Rangers vs. Miami Marlins — Marlins in six
So with apologies to Nolan Ryan and Ron Washington, the Texas Rangers will become only the third team in MLB history to lose three consecutive World Series joining the 1907-1909 Detroit Tigers and the 1911-1913 New York Giants.
But the biggest story in the 2012 season will come out of Boston. Later this month, Fenway Park will commemorate its 100th anniversary. This month also marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic and I believe the Red Sox season will bear a great deal of resemblance to it. I suppose we can be grateful that no women and children will be involved.
When a team has the sort of collapse the Red Sox had last year, it is not something that is overcome overnight. It took more than a decade for the Philadelphia Phillies to return to the post-season after their spectacular collapse in the final two weeks of the 1964 season. The Phillies would be the beneficiary of the New York Mets’ collapse in the final two weeks of the 2007 season and by the looks of it many years will pass before the Mets see post-season baseball.
It may very well have been time for Terry Francona to move on. Even with two World Series titles under his belt, all good things must come to an end. But hiring Bobby Valentine reeks of desperation. The Red Sox collapse has only just begun and making Valentine the captain of the ship means they are accelerating towards the iceberg. Valentine and new Red Sox GM Ben Cherington have already butted heads over whether to put Daniel Bard in the starting rotation or whether Jose Iglesias or Mike Aviles should be the starting shortstop. If they’re having problems before the first pitch of the 2012 season, then imagine how things could be in the dog days of August.
Although there will be much reverie when Fenway Park marks its 100th anniversary, as a Red Sox fan it pains me to say there will be little joy at Yawkey Way this season.
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