January 22, 2021

Boston Red Sox: A Unique, Rampant Case of a Big-Market Team Going From Prominence to Darkness in One Year (Baseball Essential)


The Boston Red Sox fell apart in one year. In other words, one of the most storied franchises in Major League Baseball collapsed 12-15 months after winning a World Series.

This franchise is a unique case of a big-market team going from prominence to darkness in the blink of an eye.

Boston beat the snot out of every obstacle in their way of a World Series championship in 2018. They won an MLB-best 108 games in the regular season and could’ve won more had they not rested some of their starters down the stretch; they beat their hated rivals, the New York Yankees, in four games in the American League Division Series, which included a 16-1 Game 3 massacre in Yankee Stadium.

They beat *the defending World Series-champion Houston Astros* in five games in the AL Championship Series; they beat the defending National League-champion Los Angeles Dodgers in five games in the World Series.

Little did anyone know that everything would go south from here.

Boston re-signed right-hander and postseason hero Nathan Eovaldi to a four-year, $68 million deal the ensuing offseason, and the bulk of their 2018 roster remained in place; they seemed poised to be a playoff team. Then we were reminded that…

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