The Boston Red Sox came into the 2011 season with high expectations.
Depending on who you believed, they would win 120 games, sweep the World Series, slay the dragon and marry the princess.
After the season started those lofty predictions started to appear just plain silly. They didn’t just start slow, the Red Sox looked like they would be among the worst in the league after the first couple of weeks.
Lately the Red Sox have come into their own and are right back in the hunt for the AL East title
So which Red Sox team is the real one? The one that stumbled out of the gate or the one that’s been tearing up the American League ever since?
There are plenty of reasons to believe that the Red Sox can continue to build on their recent success.
Here are the five best: