Spring's shortcomings long forgotten

Red Sox overcame numerous issues en route to World Series turnaround

Updated: October 20, 2013, 8:59 PM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- For unvarnished honesty, it would be hard to top David Ortiz's response Saturday night when asked if he knew from day one that the Boston Red Sox would be returning to the World Series for the third time in his 11 seasons with the team.

"Now I do," he said.

So do we all, even if the realization came belatedly to folks underwhelmed in the spring by a team that:

• Had changed managers (John Farrell replacing a fired Bobby Valentine);

• Traded away ...

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