I like you're overreacting. A lot.
If I were an athlete with a choice (money being equal), I would never want to come to Boston - or any other city that demands insatiable "accountability" from its local entertainers.
First, let's acknowledge that the Sox are different. The Pats have lost three playoff games in a row and yet Brady and Belichick remain teflon. The Celts coughed away a title with a late game collapse against the Hated Lakers a few years ago and nothing like this happened. I recall very few recriminations about that one. Hell, Danny Ainge traded Perk on the hopes that Shaq would get and then remain healthy, a belief Shaq even said was pie in the sky, and there was only a minor yelp from the local media and fans. A yelp that could only be heard by those with super sonic ears, practically.
As to the Sox, it's not news that they are a huge passion play in New England. And the facts in this situation are just very damning, as much as people want to focus on who is saying what as opposed to what they are actually saying. G38 and others need to get on their high horse, but damn it, the Red Sox did just go 7-20 in September. 7-20!
Fans here who expressed doubts about a potential collapse in late August were shouted down as being nancies and worry warts, and yet the inconceivable happened. On top of that, there were clearly control issues with the team and the players were clearly taking liberties. How could that story NOT come out? How could the media and players not try to understand and explain one of the biggest collapses in baseball history, if not the biggest. Given the sum total of what happened, it should surprise no one -- not fans, not other players, not anyone -- that some of the back story is starting to seep out.
Last, time heals all wounds. Players over the years have talked about how great it was to play at Fenway. How many guys have said it was the best part of their career? Beltre wanted to come back. So did VMart. Hell, if I am not mistaken, Nomar was hoping to return at one point.
Yes there are serious issues. Yes, this team has a truck load of healing to do.
But there will be a new season in April, a new GM, a new Manager and the sun will come out in Florida. Plenty of guys will want to be part of this in 2012 and down the road.
And that's not to say that a lot of this shit doesn't need fixing. It's just not the end of the sports world in Boston, either.
Edited by TheoShmeo, 18 October 2011 - 08:27 AM.