Going into the 2012 season, the Boston Red Sox were expected to make their typical playoff run, while the Oakland Athletics weren't thought of as contenders and most had the Baltimore Orioles pegged for 100 losses (including myself, though for the record, I never lost hope).
But then, that's why the games are played on the field and not on paper, as all three teams surprised the baseball world.
With the way the O's and A's performed this season, it's easy to say that many teams around the league could learn from them.
Yet, no team could benefit from some note-taking of these two more than the BoSox.
Don't believe me? Keep reading and I'll show you.