Indians finish off a complete collapse
BOSTON -- The e-mails didn't wait for the inevitable Sunday collapse, arriving late Saturday night after the Cleveland Indians were stomped into the Fenway Park ground 12-2 in Game 6. The tone was not anger but resignation that their team could not survive the free fall, that kind of wrenching heartbreak that the Boston Red Sox and their legions have somehow left far behind since the turn of the new century.
Howard Bryant is a senior writer for ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine. He is the author of "Shut Out: A Story of Race and Baseball in Boston" and "Juicing the Game: Drugs, Power and the Fight for the Soul of Major League Baseball." He can be reached at Howard.Bryant@espn3.com.