Last season, the colossal Red Sox collapse came in September. This season it’s been a long series of frustrations, bad news, bizarre happenings, and off-the-field incidents for the Red Sox right from spring training. We take a look back at some of the biggest issues that have derailed Boston in 2012:
Jan. 17: Wrist surgery for Carl Crawford
Crawford had surgery on his left wrist in Arizona. At the time, general manager Ben Cherington said Crawford should recover to play “the bulk” of the season. Crawford felt soreness when he started his offseason hitting workouts around Jan. 1. He had an MRI that showed cartilage damage, and arthroscopic surgery was recommended. Crawford had wrist issues in the past, but the discomfort had always passed. He later had Tommy John surgery on his elbow before being traded to the Dodgers.
Feb. 19: Apologies for 2011 few and far between
Josh Beckett wasn’t very contrite about September’s collapse when he arrived in Fort Myers. “I think that we had lapses in judgment,” Beckett said. “I had lapses in judgment. I can’t speak for everybody else. I want to keep it at that. I can’t speak for Jon [Lester], or John [Lackey], or Clay [Buchholz] or Wakey [Tim Wakefield], or anybody. It’s pretty much I want this to stay about me. That’s how I feel about it. I had some things going on. I was distracted. I think that was the biggest thing. I would definitely change those.”
Feb. 24: Bobby Jenks says error made in surgery
The relief pitcher said that an error during his surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital resulted in his needing emergency surgery in Arizona 18 days later. This episode raised questions about the team’s medical care. In March, Jenks was arrested for driving under the influence in Fort Myers. In July, the Red Sox reached a contract termination settlement with Jenks and he was placed on unconditional release waivers.
March 8: Jonathan Papelbon says Philadelphia fans know baseball better
The former Red Sox closer rocked Red Sox nation when he said the following to a Philadelphia radio station: “The difference between Boston and Philadelphia, the Boston fans are a little bit more hysterical when it comes to the game of baseball. The Philly fans, I think they tend to know the game a little better, being in the National League, you know, the way the game is played. I’ve had a guy take of his prosthetic leg and throw it in the bullpen in Boston.” Papelbon, who later backed off the criticism, earned a save against the Red Sox when he faced his former team for the first time on May 19.
March 27: Curt Schilling fires shot across the bow at Bobby Valentine
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