For those who are advocates of ‘blowing-up’ this version of the team, as well as for those who say it would be a disaster, please allow me to suggest a review of Red Sox history.
1965-1966 departure and a fond adieu to celebrated members of the Sox team: Frank Malzone, Eddie Bressoud, Bill Monboquette, Earl Wilson, Dick Radatz, Felix Mantilla, Chuck Schilling, Lee Thomas, Gary Geiger, Arnold Early to name but a few. Followed by the wringing of hands and wailing at the gates by the 'fickle' faithful for the break-up and discarding of those who had been the backbone of the team.
April 12, 1967, the 8,324 truly faithful fans in attendance greeted these new members of the restructured team (as memory serves me), manager Dick Williams, along with Gary Waslewski, Billy Rohr, Don McMahon, Gary Bell, Dan Osinski, Jose Santiago, Lee Stange, John Wyatt, Ken Brett, Galen Cisco, Sparky Lyle, George Thomas, Mike Andrews, Joe Foy, Tony Horton, Jerry Adair, Eddie Kasko, George Scott, Don Demeter, Reggie Smith, and Jose Tartabul.
Following a 1966, 72-90, season putting them in 9th place in the American League with the only solace being that the Yankees, 70-89, finished in 10th place, Red Sox Nation had little to give them hope or optimism. There were certainly minimal expectations, but they were still the Red Sox and the changes in personnel brought a renewed wave of enthusiasm.
Flash forward to October 1, 1967, absolute bedlam in the streets of Boston, particularly Kenmore Square (I was there) following the final out of the Tigers/Angels game on the West Coast. The unheralded 1967 re-structured Red Sox with a new manager had gone from 9th place to 1st place clinching the American League pennant on the final day of the season and were headed for the World Series.
Sometimes change is called for, and impossible dreams do come true. That time may well be upon us. Please Ben, dump the big contract prima-donnas, bring up the young guys, and even if the team falters a bit, it will still give us loyal fans something to cheer for.