The Red Sox last won a playoff game on Oct. 18, 2008, when they beat the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series.

Barack Obama was 18 days away from being elected president. That’s how long ago it was.

The franchise has been in a steady slide ever since. The Sox were swept in a Division Series in 2009 and failed to make the playoffs in 2010. A shocking September collapse kept them out of the playoffs again in 2011 and cost manager Terry Francona his job.