Players drinking booze during games. A manager that might have a painkiller problem. Disagreement over the Carl Crawford signing. A general lack of leadership or voice. These are all reasons being cited today for the epic collapse of the 2011 Boston Red Sox.
But does any of it matter? On the one hand, does the Boston Globe write this scathing story if the Red Sox win one more game this season and make the playoffs? Probably not. But some would argue that one more win and a trip to the playoffs would have just masked the problems of a team that most thought would easily win 100 games and reach the World Series.
Booze, Painkillers, And Misspent Cash: The Gory Details Of The Red Sox Collapse Are In [BUSINESS INSIDER]