Winning twice as many World Series as the guys who held the job for the previous nine decades bought Terry Francona plenty of good will in Boston. But is September draining that away? Jonathan Papelbon took the blame for giving up an eighth-inning lead Tuesday, but is Red Sox Nation turning on its skipper?
Did Francona make the right call?
Papelbon's entry in the eighth inning was a bold move -- he had been called on for a five-out save just once before this season. It fell apart on Robert Andino's bases-loaded double.
How hot is the seat in the dugout?
Did we mention Francona led the Red Sox to two titles? But if the team were to complete this collapse, would the manager pay the price?
Who is better than Francona?
One of the choices here won't make the playoffs (or maybe two, if the Angels have anything to say about it). But who is best under postseason pressure?
Who turns in keys to the city first?
Bill Belichick turns 60 next spring, but will he be the last man standing out of three high-profile coaches in New England?