The hometown teams didn’t have any championships in 2014 but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t interesting for all the fans with plenty of players coming and going.
Boston Red Sox
It wasn’t long after they got their rings that the 2014 Red Sox learned what a difference a year makes.
Players weren’t expecting another championship, but they did expect to win.
That didn’t happen and as the Sox sank farther in the standings the sell-off was on.
With Jon Lester and others gone the Sox limped to another last-place finish.
And while they flashed some cash in free-agency by signing Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez, they couldn’t arrange the reunion they needed most with Lester.
The Celtics took their lumps in Brad Stevens’ first year on the bench and their 25-win season landed them in the lottery.
With the 6th pick the green picked Marcus Smart.
But as one point guard came in another saw his days in green come to an end and Rajon Rondo was traded to the Dallas Mavericks.
Now as the rebuild rolls on we’ll see if Danny Ainge is done dealing while the franchise focuses on the future.
New England Revolution
Jermaine Jones burst onto the scene in the World Cup then hopped on board with the Revolution.
But for the fifth time he and the Revs fell short of their ultimate goal in the MLS Cup matched up against the L.A. Galaxy.
After getting knocked out by their bitter rivals the cap-strapped Bruins watched Jarome Iginla jump ship to Colorado and dealt away Johnny Boychuk to the Islanders.
While injuries are no excuse, the Bs are well off the pace for a team that was supposed to contend for the cup.
New England Patriots
The Broncos beat them in the AFC Championship game took an early lead on the Patriots in free-agency. But that didn’t stop the Pats from incorporating Revis Island to Foxboro, sending Logan Mankins to Tampa and hitting rock bottom on Monday Night Football in Kansas City.
The Patriots drowned out their doubters, rolled to another division title, and are setting their sights on yet another Super Bowl run.