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An era ends in embarrassment

Within a month Red Sox allow pettiness, division to tear down their greatest years

Originally Published: October 13, 2011
By Howard Bryant | ESPN.com

Contrary to conventional wisdom, winning is not the hardest accomplishment an organization can achieve. Draft the right players, sign them as free agents, trade for them, get lucky, or all of the above, and any team can win a championship.

The most difficult thing for a team to do is to alter its historical makeup, to engage in decades of conduct and behavior, create a collective institutional culture that hardens over generations and then, through dedication and commitment, vow to ...

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