The Red Sox wrapped up the 2010 season with a 8-4win over the New York Yankees at Fenway Park yesterday afternoon.
It was an injury-riddled, ultimately disappointing season that still managed its share of feel-good moments and things never really got ugly around the team, unlike other non-playoff teams of the last 10 years (2001 and 2006 come to mind).
Now we’re in the offseason, and management has a big task ahead of them if they hope to compete with the Yankees and Rays in 2011.
With Red Sox postmortems and the Patriots playing on Monday Night Football tonight, it’s a busy morning on the sports scene here. Here are the top articles from today:
No time to lose – Peter Abraham says that this might be the most important offseason since John Henry purchased the team in 2002.
Theo Epstein has a lot on his plate – Joe McDonald recaps some of the major items on Theo Epstein’s agenda this winter.
Season over, the Red Sox must start to answer some hard questions – Brian MacPherson also looks at the multitude of decisions that the Red Sox are facing.
Fenway salutes Varitek for years of service – Sean McAdam has the captain hearing it from the crowd on what was perhaps his last day in a Red Sox uniform. Gordon Edes and Nick Cafardo look at whether Varitek is really done with the Red Sox.
The real reason why Saturday was the perfect ending for Mike Lowell – Rob Bradford (who wrote a book with Lowell) looks at why the script couldn’t have been written better on Saturday.
Light touch to finale — Ortiz bunt – Peter Abraham’s notebook wraps up the weekend.
Mike Barnicle, Fraud and Plagiarist, Helps Guide America Through Baseball’s Era of Shame – Linked elsewhere, worth passing along here.
His gaze firm – John Powers has a nice feature on Patriots running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis, who finds himself atop the Patriots depth chart at running back after a long journey.
Patriots can’t come out flat against Miami’s steamroller approach – Karen Guregian says that stopping the running game is the biggest priority for the Patriots. (As an aside, that photoshopped image with the article is really the best the Herald could come up with?)
Miami defense lacking coverage answers – Even Ron Borges admits that talking about how bad the Patriots defense is has gotten old, and he wants to talk about how bad the Miami defense is.
Miami coach gets it – Mark Farinella has Tony Sparano talking about the challenges of facing the Patriots.
Five-point fix-it plan for Pats defense – Bill Belichick, are you paying attention? Hector Longo can fix your defense.
Who’s picking on the Patriots? – Mike Reiss looks at the Patriots coach employing an old motivational tactic.
It’s hard to pick Patriots over Dolphins – Tom E Curran looks at why everyone in the media is picking Miami to win tonight.
Support role for Celtics truly Jermaine O’Neal – Steve Bulpett has the veteran big man happy to be a piece on a contending team.
His game translates well – Kevin Paul Dupont has Zdeno Chara proving to be a big attraction in Europe.