The Bobby Valentine era
Bobby Valentine's tenure as Red Sox manager was an unmitigated disaster. The Sox finished in last place, and Valentine's harsh managerial style fueled the flames of discontent in an already fractured clubhouse.
From the Kevin Youkilis comments to those about the weakness of the Red Sox roster, Valentine pushed one wrong button after another. The season wasn't entirely his fault—the players deserve much of the blame—but Valentine clearly was not the right man for the job.