Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia reacts in the dugout in the ninth inning of Wednesday's game. Baltimore won 4-3, and Boston was eliminated from the playoffs after the Rays beat the Yankees in extra innings minutes after Boston's loss. (AP)

Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia reacts to Wednesday's loss to Baltimore. Boston was eliminated from the playoffs after the Rays beat the Yankees later that night. (AP)

And so the final bell has rung; the Sox can leave the stage,
And some will feel disgruntled here, and some will no doubt rage
Against the fates that left their team so shredded and so battered
That they could not produce another win when winning mattered.

Oh, some will blame the manager, and some the pitching staff,
And some a bad bounce here or there, though that hands me a laugh.
The sad truth is that once September dawned, the Red Sox tanked.
They couldn’t beat the Rays, okay, but also they got spanked
By Baltimore! The Orioles, a team stuck in last place!
The couldn’t hit, they couldn’t field…they couldn’t find an ace.

They earned their ignominious departure from the light
That shines upon October baseball late into the night.
They tumbled from security to somewhere south of bad -
Some found it entertaining, and many found it sad –
For since the month began, they’ve not done much that’s been much good.
Perhaps they’ve felt neglected, miffed, or just misunderstood.
If so, they’ll have the winter to console themselves, I guess,
For making of the season’s final month an ugly mess.

We know they didn’t mean to fail. That wasn’t their intent,
But none of them are broken, though a few of them are bent.
They’ll heal from now until the spring, when each of us will say
We cannot wait to see the Sox come out again to play.

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Only A Game’s Doug Tribou spent Wednesday night talking to the Sox fans following the ups and downs of this turbulent season. See what the fans had to say after the team’s final loss.