They gutted the roster. They changed managers. They made a series of offseason signings that were bewildering at the time but ended up being strokes of pure genius. And they beat the St. Louis Cardinals in a World Series that was as bizarre and entertaining as they get.
With a 6-1 clinching victory Wednesday night, they are your 2013 world champions—the Boston Red Sox.
Here, we'll briefly relive a season that saw the Red Sox go from worst to first in the American League East and used timely hitting and surprising pitching performances to win a World Series title. Fear the beards, indeed.