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Big Papi passed over by Francona

Updated: April 22, 2010, 11:47 AM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- The signs are there, for all to see, as clearly as the home run Mike Lowell hit Wednesday night into the Monster seats, the words suggesting otherwise now ringing hollow. For the better part of seven seasons, the heart, soul and sinew of the Red Sox has run through a locker at the far end of the clubhouse, the row closest to the trainer's room, the one where David Ortiz hangs up his clothes.

That epoch is accelerating toward an inglorious end, one ...

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