Nov 12 '13

FROM WORST TO WORLD SERIES CHAMPS IN 2013. WHAT A WILD RIDE!

Whoever could have imagined that our Boston Red Sox would go from last place to World Series Champions in just one season? Well they did and we are so proud of them!

While both Ben and I felt very confident going into the season about this revised 2013 edition of the Boston Red Sox, our hope was simply that they would become a wild card playoff team and if not that, at least stay competitive throughout the season.

Ben Cherington went to work last year and went to work quickly. It started with their late 2012 season trade of Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzales to the Dodgers which cleared out a substantial amount of salary cap space and more importantly began to change the personality of the team. Ben then went out and found a way to get John Farrell away from Toronto in order for him to become the team’s next manager and then followed that up by aggressively making some good off season moves by picking up free agents the likes of Mike Napoli, Johnny Gomes, Shane Victorino and Koji Uehara. They also made a trade for veteran closer Joel Hanrahan which at the time seemed like a great move until he got injured. One thing was clear, the days of superstar players enjoying chicken and beer in the club house were over and they were replaced by good role players whom were willing to work hard and to play as a team.

The 2013 team still had to face plenty of adversity as Dustin Pedroia was injured the very first week of the season and was forced to play the rest of the year with a bum thumb. Then the Sox lost both their first and second closer’s in Hanrahan and Andrew Bailey for the season and also lost Clay Buchholz for approximately two and a half months. In addition, they had to work to gain back the trust and admiration of Red Sox fans (Red Sox nation) many of whom had become so very disgruntled over the prior two seasons.

None of these obstacles seemed to matter as this team was determined to bounce back and to win for the City of Boston. After the fateful April bombing at The Boston Marathon, the team and the City came together and the rest is history.

Thank you Red Sox for an amazing season filled with heroes and underdogs. You helped our City heal and gave us another reason to be proud again!

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