Red Sox cap total turnaround

Last-place leftovers, veteran newcomers had something to prove -- and they did it

Updated: October 31, 2013, 10:41 AM ET
By Jackie MacMullan | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- They each had their own reasons for wanting -- no, needing -- to transform themselves into champions.

Nobody likes to be demonized, to be doubted or to be dumped.

And yet, the Red Sox clubhouse was littered with players who had experienced some (or all) of those things.

"People were motivated to rewrite their own story," manager John Farrell confirmed. "There was a tremendous amount of embarrassment last year."

As Boston general manager Ben Cherington ...

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