BOSTON (AP) - In contrast to the raucous celebrations that followed victorious postseasons in 2004 and 2007, it was a quiet homecoming for the Red Sox after their 3-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 7 of the AL Championship Series.
There were TV crews but no fans on hand when buses carrying the team arrived in the early-morning chill outside Fenway Park on Monday. The team flew home from Florida immediately after the game.
Most players quickly climbed into cars and drove away, preferring not to reflect any further on the disappointing finish.
Center fielder Coco Crisp did tell reporters that the team put up a good fight and almost pulled off a miracle finish, adding, "there's always next year."