There's still plenty of positives to take away from last season for the Sox.
For one, Jacoby Ellsbury became the first 30-30 player in Red Sox history, and looks poised for another run at the record books as he enters his prime.
And with a long offseason to prepare, get healthy and stay hungry, Ellsbury and the rest of the team should be back battling for a World Series sooner than you can say "pitchers and catchers report to spring training."
Despite the way the Red Sox stumbled down the stretch in 2011, there's still plenty to look back on and be happy about. And if you look toward the future, there's even more for Red Sox fans to get excited for.