Perspective on a team in transition

Red Sox's true feelings on Ortiz won't be clear until they have to take out checkbook

Updated: May 24, 2010, 1:09 AM ET
By Howard Bryant | ESPN.com

As the Boston Red Sox overheat with anger and suspicion after a tumultuous week regarding their triangle of transition, a little perspective is in order. Over the first six weeks of the season, a captain, a World Series MVP and a legend have all been forced into uncomfortable space not by the press or the fans, but by the organization.

Run prevention may have been the mantra for the Red Sox this season, but the true theme of the year has always been transition. Over the past week, ...

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