The throwback uniforms were put away and most of the former Red Sox who returned to Fenway Park for the 100th anniversary celebration Friday had returned to their homes across the country.
The only attraction Saturday was a baseball game, one against their rivals that the home team very much needed to win.
Instead, there was a disaster that will be talked about for the next 100 years. Up by nine runs after five innings, the Red Sox could not hold on and were beaten, 15-9, by the Yankees.
“I think we’ve hit bottom. That’s what I told them after the game. You have to sometimes hit bottom,’’ manager Bobby Valentine said. “If this isn’t bottom, then we’ll find some new ends to the earth, I guess.’’
Owner John Henry made a rare appearance in the clubhouse after the game, summoning Valentine and general manager Ben Cherington into a closed-door meeting to determine what happens next with a $175 million team that has lost five straight and a franchise that has gone awry.
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