Did anyone, even the most optimistic Red Sox fans, see a World Series run coming in 2013? The Red Sox were historically bad under Bobby Valentine in 2012 and management took a cautious, fiscally-prudent approach to rebuilding the team in the offseason. But manager John Farrell guided Boston to the American League East title and the team made an improbable October run behind familiar names (David Ortiz) and some not-so-familiar names (Koji Uehara). The roster of bearded players beat the Cardinals to capture its first title on the Fenway Park soil since 1918.
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