How quickly things have changed

A year ago, the Sox were a sinking ship; now, they're sailing toward the playoffs

Updated: August 3, 2013, 1:50 PM ET
By Joe McDonald | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- After the Red Sox completed batting practice Friday evening at Fenway Park, the club's veteran designated hitter, David Ortiz, stood near the dugout and signed autographs. A young fan stood nearby with a sign that read: "World Series in 2004. World Series in 2007. Hey, Papi, what do you think about 2013?"

It's easy to be excited about this team, especially compared to the disastrous 2012 season, one of the worst in franchise history. There's a lot to like about the 2013 ...

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