DENVER — If he didn’t read the tweets and the blogs and the stories, he was certainly made aware of them. People started to bail out on Will Middlebrooks.
Maybe he wasn’t that good after all. Maybe his rookie season was an aberration. Maybe he would never live up to the power-hitting expectations people had for him.
This was the classic sophomore jinx.
After a horrible start to the 2013 season, the second-year Red Sox third baseman went back to the minors with no guarantee that he’d be back soon. He was an exercise in frustration — and then determination that he wasn’t going to leave his career, his livelihood, his chance for riches on a minor league field in Pawtucket, R.I. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.