Oh, what a difference a year can make. On Aug. 15, 2011, with his team humming along at 73-46, and co-owners of the best record in the American League, here is the cover of Sports Illustrated, featuring Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia:
Fast forward some 392 days, and here is what one of SI's two covers will look like when the Sept. 10 edition reaches newsstands and mailboxes this week:
The background behind Bobby Valentine is full of phrases that have come to be associated with the franchise over the past 13 months -- dysfunctional, done, chicken and beer, unprepared, broken, fail, fiasco, liverpool, feud, overpaid, blame, disarray -- but, really, the thousand words evident in Valentine's visage tell the tale just fine.
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