Brian Hines (@BringLesterBack)
Around this time last year the Red Sox just finished pulling off the unthinkable. After a dreadful 2012 year of sitting in last place in the AL East, they bounced back and beat the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 6 to win the World Series. It was an unforgettable year to be a fan or player, lets go back in time and relieve the 2013 magic.
The Red Sox just finished last in the AL East. Its time for change, starting with the manager. Bobby Valentine had to go. The manager that seemed to be the perfect fit? The old pitching coach, John Farrell. Farrell was brought in from Toronto and him and the front office immediately started making changes. They took an unusual approach to the offseason. Instead of paying big money and putting together a team with the highest level of talent they could, they brought in a bunch of guys that knew how to have fun and do the little things to win games. They brought in players like Jonny Gomes, Mike Napoli, Shane Victorino and many others that relaxed the clubhouse while b ringing some talent to the field.
|The beardless Gomes early in the year|
AP Photo/Steven Senne
As spring training rolled in the Sox had an interesting roster. Analysts, reporters and almost everybody else picked the Red Sox to finish dead last again, but our players believed in themselves. From day one of spring training their goal was winning the World Series. Jonny Gomes would walk into the clubhouse everyday and tell the guys there "one day closer to the parade." They were going to do the fundamentals of the game and do whatever they needed to win games. The boys bonded and had fun on the diamond which ultimately lead to them winning games. One day in spring training Jonny Gomes proposed a challenge to the rest of the guys: Don't shave until the end of the season. The players bonded over their facial hair throughout the season, especially in the playoffs, It brought them together and helped them perform out on the field.
The Red Sox started out strong in 2013, About 20 games into the season they were playing on Patriot Day. It was beautiful day at Fenway and the Red Sox got a walk off win, a great start to the day for Bostonians. But later in the day at the marathon finish line all of Boston received awful news, two explosions went off taking some lives and injuring hundreds. It was a crazy an awful next few days in Massachusetts as everyone was chasing and trying to find the bombers. One was killed and another was eventually caught but not before they left there mark on this city. Boston was hurt, they needed someone, something to take their mind off that awful day. They turned their eyes to the team that was in first place in the AL East, the Red Sox.
“This jersey that we wear today, it doesn’t say Red Sox, it says Boston,” Ortiz began. “We want to thank you, Mayor Menino, Governor Patrick, the whole police department for the great job they did this past week.”
“This is our f****** city!” Ortiz exclaimed, drawing wild applause from the stands. “And nobody going to dictate our freedom. Stay strong,” he concluded, lifting a fist in the air and the cheers went up in the crowd and he walked off the field to begin the game.
|Peavy was brought in at the deadline to help|
make the push for the championship
Source: Jim Rogash/Getty Images North America
|After finishing in last place in 2012, the Sox won the AL East in 2013 |
|The Sox knocked off the Rays to advance to the ALCS |
|Behind Koji's strong performance, the Sox advanced to the World Series|
|Nap congratulates Gomes on his three run homer #GetBeard |
The Red Sox turned it around and officially went worst-to-first. Papi took the MVP honors as he carried this team throughout the postseason hitting .688 in the World Series. It was a season to remember as a Red Sox player or fan. After a rough season this year hopefully the Sox can go Worst to First to Worst to First, and do it all again.
|MVPapi Source: http://boston.cbslocal.com|
|MVPapi Source: http://blacksportsonline.com|
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Brian Hines 11/01/2014 03:48:00 PM Tweet