The End

Elsa - Getty Images

The Red Sox lost. The season is over. We are free.

As with all good things, all bad things, too, must come to an end.

One year ago, the Red Sox were dealt a dramatic death blow. In the span of minutes, the Rays overturned a massive deficit against the Yankees and the Orioles staged a comeback to complete the most disastrous collapse perhaps in the history of Major League Baseball.

Tonight there was no such drama, no impressive buildup. The Yankees dealt the Red Sox a coup de grace--a "blow of mercy"--complete with all the fightback from the Red Sox that one would expect from a wounded, half-dead creature. Daisuke Matsuzaka was their offering on the mound--the man with the 7.68 ERA (now well over 8), the pitching equivalent of a white flag. Their lineup, even with Jacoby Ellsbury and Dustin Pedroia, was as anemic as ever.

And now we're done. They're done. It's done. The 2012 Red Sox are an ugly footnote on the history of this franchise we loved. Where 2010 was a fun bunch of guys who just couldn't stay healthy, 2011 a complete disaster, 2012 is a smudge. We will not remember them beyond their record, because they gave us nothing to remember them by. No valiant last stand, no impressive victories to bother the Yankees. Their greatest achievement is losing three straight to the Orioles.

We have lots to look forward to now. A chance to rebuild both short term and long, a chance to clear some very unwanted baggage, a chance to get out from under the terrible weight of this season.

Of course, with this comes fear. The fear that their best efforts will fail, or that they'll stumble into the same pitfalls. Even beyond that there's the potential that things could get very ugly over the next few weeks as ties are broken and bridges are burned.

It's time to unwind, but also the time to brace for the worst--or at least hide from it. These are dark days, and they may get darker before long, but finally we've got a chance to head towards the surface.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Over the Monster

You must be a member of Over the Monster to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Over the Monster. You should read them.

Join Over the Monster

You must be a member of Over the Monster to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Over the Monster. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9351_tracker