Originally written on NESN.com  |  Last updated 10/30/14
There’s way too much Monday morning quarterbacking going on in Boston these days. It needs to stop. Now that the Red Sox’ closer’s role has become somewhat of a revolving door, the cries for Jonathan Papelbon grow louder and louder each game. On Saturday, even Papelbon himself probably heard the shouts when he took the mound in Arizona. At the very least, his ears were ringing. But while Papelbon would undoubtedly be a perfect closer for the 2013 edition of the Red Sox, we shouldn’t get too caught up in this whole revisionist history thing. The skepticism about the future of the ninth inning in Boston is warranted. With Joel Hanrahan done for the season, Andrew Bailey battling an injury issue and Junichi Tazawa having given up runs in back-to-back outings since being named the temporary closer, the Red Sox don’t have the stability they had during Papelbon’s six-year stint in Boston. Don’t criticize the Red Sox for not re-signing Papelbon prior to the 2012 season, though. It was the right decision at the time. Saying nowadays that the Red Sox should have re-signed Papelbon is like saying, “I should have stayed at a different hotel,” following an unpleasant stay or, “I shouldn’t have parked here,” after someone rams a shopping carriage into your passenger’s side door. Well, yeah, but staying at that hotel and parking in that spot made perfect sense. When the Phillies signed Papelbon to a four-year, $50 million contract, there were plenty of Red Sox fans — probably the majority of Sox fans, in fact — willing to pack Papelbon’s bags. Overpaying for closers is something that’s extremely hard to justify, and as good as Papelbon was in Boston, he was overpaid by Philadelphia. Papelbon had a down year in 2010, so he wasn’t without red flags, and plenty of teams have shelled out big money to big name closers, only to then regret the decision before long. Do B.J. Ryan (four years, $47 million), Francisco Rodriguez (three years, $37 million), Brad Lidge (three years, $37.5 million) and Kerry Wood (two years, $20.5 million) ring a bell? It’s not as if the Red Sox haven’t been aggressive in their search for Papelbon’s successor, either. Signing Bobby Jenks — you need a puke bucket? — and acquiring Bailey and Hanrahan were all bold moves aimed at filling the closer’s role with a proven, yet cost-efficient option. Such an approach has worked for other teams. It just hasn’t worked out for the Red Sox thus far, mainly because of injuries. Knowing what we know now — that the Red Sox, struggling to find ninth-inning stability, saved less than $2 million by going the route they did — it’s easy to reminisce about how things used to be. It’s not worth getting frustrated about, though, because it’s difficult to fault the Red Sox’ original decision. All we can do in life is make decisions based on the information available. Hindsight will always be 20/20, and in sports, it’s usually even clearer than that. Have a question for Ricky Doyle? Send it to him via Twitter at @TheRickyDoyle or send it here.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Kentucky seeks one kind of history, Coach K makes another

Matt Stafford's fiancee rips newspaper over article

Craig Sager's leukemia has returned

Frozen Four: Providence earns first bid since 1985

Report: Discussions to bring NFL team to L.A. are progressing

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Chris Mullin expected to take St. John's job

Michigan State beats Louisville, punches Final Four ticket

Ex-NHL player viciously attacks opponent before game

Rick Barnes a possibility for Tennessee coaching job?

Report: NFL looking into Bill Belichick's camera ideas

Saints CB Brian Dixon arrested in Miami

Five soon-to-be NBA free agents with a lot on the line

WrestleMania 31 results: Rollins cashes in, Rousey appears

WATCH: Russell Wilson hits home run during Rangers BP

Hooked 'em: Why Texas had to fire Rick Barnes

Adam Morrison trolled fan who made JJ Redick comment

Jim Harbaugh finished fourth in student government election

WATCH: Notre Dame gets warm reception upon return home

WATCH: Kris Letang hospitalized after hit

Aaron Rodgers, sportswriter get into it over on-court access

Sam Dekker's hot shooting sends Wisconsin to Final Four

Jim McElwain complains about Florida roster

Mark Few: I put Coach K up there with John Wooden

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Full WrestleMania 31 recap and results

Why Texas had to fire Rick Barnes

Craig Sager's leukemia has returned

Report: Chris Mullin to take St. John's job

Report: NFL looking into more cameras

CC Sabathia goes off about spring stats

John Fox: Cutler will have to earn job

Texas eyeing Shaka Smart, Gregg Marshall?

WATCH: Brady jumps off cliff in Costa Rica

WATCH: 2 Chainz beats Nique in HORSE

NFL owners chose cost over game integrity

Be careful how loudly you cheer on Mo'ne Davis' olive branch

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.