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…