Although they swept a doubleheader Aug. 27, numerous Sox players angrily protested the scheduling move prompted by Hurricane Irene. They had returned early that Friday from Texas after a demanding stretch in which they had played 14 of 17 games on the road. They players accused management of caring more about making money than winning, which marked the first time the team's top executives sensed serious trouble brewing in the clubhouse. That stormy day marked the beginning of the end for the 2011 team. After taking the next two days off, the Sox spent the rest of the season playing uninspired, subpar baseball, losing 21 of their final 29 games.