The power of redemption

From management to players, Red Sox thrived on having something to prove

Updated: September 30, 2013, 2:50 PM ET
By Jackie MacMullan | ESPNBoston.com

It was the ideal confluence of personalities, and not just because they succeeded, in concert, at sprouting mounds of facial hair.

Long before that, there was an underlying vibe percolating among ownership, the front office, the manager and the players.

They had been champions, most of them, idolized and adored by a faithful brethren. But when it started breaking bad, the fallout was swift, vicious, unforgiving. Disappointment evolved into outrage, which led to the ...

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