Pitching, pitching, pitching, pitching, bullpen, bullpen, bullpen.
Shutouts, defense, shutouts, defense.
Injuries--but every team has those, so no excuses there.
Players shuffling to various positions, learning new positions in season.
Under-performance by key personnel--notice that no names are mentioned here--is it because this post would become too lengthy?
Did I mention bullpen implosions so tragic and so prolific they nearly led to severe stomach ulceration?
Poor team speed, and lack of green light to would-be runners (Granderson).
OK. I can't go on any further. It's far too painful to relive the multi-faceted dysfunction that led to this season's monumental failure.
There has already been a lot of activity in looking forward to 2009. More on that tomorrow.