World Series hangover has hurt Red Sox
As the Sox’ pitchers and catchers report for duty in defense of the 2013 championship season, we look back at the last five seasons after the magic years in which the Red Sox made it to the World Series.Shank then proceeds to chronicle the other Red Sox teams (1976, 1987, 2005 and 2008) that followed postseason success. It's noteworthy that Shank put a great deal of effort into this column, since the focus is on player injuries, losing streaks / seasons and general lack of success.
■ 1968. 86-76. Fourth place in the 10-team American League, 17 games behind the first-place Tigers.
When the theme is a negative one, Shank writes his best columns.