A kid born in Boston early in 2000 has grown up in a confetti cloud, with the four major pro teams combining to celebrate 12 championships — six by the Patriots, four by the Red Sox, one each by the Bruins and Celtics.
And then there’s been the past year, with a run of major disappointments and big-name departures, headlined by you know who leaving for you know where.
Here’s a list of the some of the issues that have bummed Boston boosters:
• Tight end Rob Gronkowski retired after nine seasons with the Patriots.
• Red Sox general manager Dave Dombrowski was fired en route to a rough World Series encore and replaced by former Rays executive Chaim Bloom.
• Stars Al Horford and Kyrie Irving left the Celtics as free agents. Horford went to the rival 76ers, Irving to the Nets.
• The Red Sox were implicated in baseball’s sign stealing scandal for actions during their 2018 championship team and dumped manager Alex Cora, eventually promoting bench coach Ron Roenicke replace him.
• Mookie Betts, arguably the city’s second most famous athlete, was traded, along with 2018 postseason star David Price to the Dodgers for prospects.
• The Bruins had the most points in the NHL when the season was halted due to the coronavirus, but all the sympathy they received was wiped out by criticism over owner Jeremy Jacobs’ decision to implement massive staff layoffs and pay cuts.
• Guard Marcus Smart announced he tested positive for the coronavirus during the likely playoff-bound Celtics’ season pause, as did a Red Sox minor-leaguer at the spring complex in Fort Myers.
• Shortly after the start of the baseball season was delayed indefinitely, the Red Sox announced that ace lefty Chris Sale would need Tommy John surgery and miss whatever this season is and part of 2021.
• In the crowning blow, the GOAT, quarterback Tom Brady, opted to leave the Patriots after 20 seasons and signed with the Bucs, TB to TB.