BOSTON (AP) To Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell, it hardly seems possible that just 11 months ago his team was celebrating the World Series championship on the field at Fenway Park.
Since then, the ballclub has plummeted to the bottom of the AL East standings, completing a roller-coaster ride from worst to first and back to the division cellar that is unprecedented in baseball history.
"It's hard," general manager Ben Cherington said on Monday, a day after the Red Sox wrapped up the season with a 71-91 record and fifth-place finish. "Obviously, you like the upside. But the downside is hard to deal with and painful for everyone involved. It's not what we want to be."