5 Dream Scenarios Already Becoming Reality for MLB Teams in 2013

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5 Dream Scenarios Already Becoming Reality for MLB Teams in 2013
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Kevin Youkilis has helped to quiet the critics in New York.

Dreams and baseball go hand-in-hand.

As kids, most of us dreamed of playing for our favorite teams growing up, spending hours in the backyard pretending to be wearing that uniform as we stepped to the plate or toed the rubber with the game on the line.

Of course, we played the part of the hero by getting the game-winning hit or locking down the victory with a game-ending strikeout. Hey, it was our dream after all.

But dreams aren't limited to children.

While most players will tell you that they're living the dream simply by playing in the major leagues, they too have dream scenarios that they play over again and again in their heads—scenarios that aren't much different from the ones we had as kids.

Teams have dream scenarios as well—whether it be a group of players taking the next step in their development and pushing the team to another level on the competitive ladder or simply silencing the critics who say that "Team X" is too old or lacks the talent to contend for a playoff spot.

For a handful of teams, those dream scenarios are quickly becoming a reality.

So do your best to stay quiet—the last thing we want to do is wake them up from their dreams—and let's take a look at five teams who are already living the dream in 2013.

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