Originally posted on RedSoxLife  |  Last updated 10/4/12
 What a disaster.In the 2010 off season the Sox acquired both Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford, two big name players who were thought to bring the Sox to glory. With a pitching staff of a fantasy team (Beckett, Lester, Lackey, Buchholz, Papelbon) the Sox were the favorites to win the World Series, well we all know how that turned out.A rough April lead to a lot of doubters, but the Sox turned it on, come August they were the "best" team in baseball. Then September, the epic collapse, that brought the AL East leading Sox to the dumpster as they missed the playoffs.The 2011 off season saw the departure of manager Terry Francona. G.M. Theo Epstein fled town to go to Chicago. Knuckle ball pitcher Tim Wakefield and captain Jason Varitek called it quits, and Papelbon fled to Philadelphia.In came Bobby Valentine to hopefully turn the frown upside down, but again a slow start in April didn't help erase the previous season's failure. The Sox played up and down until late July when they were...
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