How will you remember the 2012 Boston Red Sox? Will it be the incessant rumours of in-house fighting, the regression of several stars, the trade with the Dodgers, a plethora of injuries to key players, or will it be something else altogether? Until this weekend’s series with the Oakland Athletics, regardless of the outcome of today’s finale, I was prepared to remember this campaign as the Bobby Valentine era. Barring the emergence of 1986 Rogers Clemens to take the hill this afternoon and the resurrection of Ted Williams, the Red Sox could very well be outscored by 30 or more runs in this three game series. This is how I will remember.

Although they were roughed up 20-2 on Friday, last night’s 7-1 loss may actually stand as a more accurate season defining game. There was a heated exchange between Dustin Pedroia and the team’s unofficial symbol of fallibility, Alfredo Aceves. Before anything else, though, there was sloppy play in the field.

GIFs after the jump

Exhibit A: Pedro Ciriaco sails one to first

Exhibit B: Cody Ross can’t squeeze

Exhibit C: Alfredo Aceves calls off two teammates in foul territory; there is only one possible outcome