3. Ho-hum, Red Sox go from worst-to-first and win World Series
The 2012 Red Sox (69-93 in case you hadn’t heard) were an embarrassment to Boston, but the organization turned it all the way around in just one season to win their third World Series title in the last 10 years. It was the most improbable championship for a Boston team since Adam Vinitieri split the uprights in New Orleans for the Patriots first title in 2002. But it took a while for the bearded bunch to catch on around New England.
The 2011 collapse, the 2012 debacle, and a book that implied ownership cared more about revenue than competing on the field took its toll on the enthusiasm of Red Sox Nation. Add in the fact that the Bruins played deep into June and the Patriots were making headlines for all the wrong reasons everyday, and it’s not hard to see how the resurgent Red Sox slipped under the radar in Boston until the final stretch of the regular season. Those who followed closely all the way witnessed a magical ride with a different Dirt Dog-type coming through every night. The postseason runs through Tampa and Detroit were exciting to the final outs, and even the World Series lived up to its billing this time with St. Louis showing up for a few games.
The team has now parted ways with Jacoby Ellsbury and Jarrod Saltalamacchia and hope A.J. Pierzynski and the young Jackie Bradley Jr. can seamlessly fit in and keep the short-term-contract magic going for 2014. Fans are now lining up in Fort Myers to get their hands on tickets for spring games, so maybe the Sons of John Farrell are back on the radar to stay. But can they do it again as they’re currently constituted?