Obviously this really bad, you've got a coach and GM out, the team sinking under the weight of overpaid duds, and a lot of people talking who'd be better off keeping their mouths shut. But this crap happens in all the other baseball cities, and a lot more often, because there are a lot of teams that are continually going nowhere and have front office or manager sackings every other year
Like The Cubs?
Managers that want to bear imaginary crosses because of perceived racism (dusty baker), managers that don't care a lick about their job (lou pinella) players with very obvious mental issues (milton bradley, carlos zambrano), a GM that signs numerous horrible contracts (Hendry's signing of Alphonso Soriano and re-signing Zambrano come to mind)
Yeah, there are other teams with similar issues that can derail a season. Hell there are still people that believe a guy in the stands kept the Cubs from winning the World Series in '03.
Boston has been under the microscope for that collapse, but the ownership / management has been odd in this post season.
According to John Henry they've allowed Theo to talk with the Cubs, but havent allowed him to leave? Yet interviews he's given all speak about Epstein in the past tense.
Henry also completely buried Carl Crawford & Theo on a radio station, saying Crawford wasn't a needed piece for the team, but that the "baseball minds" said he was a smart pickup.
There's also this story going around that the team leaked info saying Francona had a drug problem. Doing this after he leaves the team seems to be a direct attempt to keep him from getting another job, which is shady at best. But this is just a rumor right now.
Neither of these two franchises is a model I would use to try and run a team around, the one difference being the Red Sox have 2 world series in the past decade, the Cubs none in over a century. Bad decisions, and Jerry Jones style personal dramas are somewhat easier to take when you've actually accomplished something in the last 4 generations of your fanbase.