John Farrell was taking over a Red Sox team that had won just 69 games the season before, and embarrassingly finished last in the AL East. There was a core in place, but one that needed to be rejuvenated with leadership and a winning atmosphere.
There was no talk on what happened that season before. The focus was not on the future, either. Farrell came in and urged his team to focus on the present; one day, one game at a time.
One-hundred-and-sixty-two regular season and 16 playoffs games later, the Red Sox were World Series champs. It sounds so simple, and baseball shouldn’t be that easy. But the Red Sox made it seem that way en route to the franchise’s third title in the last 10 years.
Now as defending champs, Farrell and his Red Sox face another r-word: repeat. They’ve been asked countless times this spring if they can recreate the magic of 2013 and walk away on top of the baseball world once again "
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