Boston Red Sox Collapse: 5 Biggest Factors in the Nation's Epic Fall

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Boston Red Sox Collapse: 5 Biggest Factors in the Nation's Epic Fall
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There is no worse feeling than what Red Sox Nation had to feel.  They saw their team going to the playoffs and had it in their sights.  Then the baseball gods brought down the rain in Baltimore and flushed away every fan and player's hope for this season.

After the rain delay, the Red Sox not only had to go out and try to finish off the Orioles, but they also knew that the Yankees were on their way to blowing a 7-run lead and the safety net the Red Sox thought they were going to have.

So who is to blame for this collapse?  It takes a lot of factors to lose a lead like the Sox had built, not to mention enough bad luck to fill Yawkey Way.  Let's take a look at what caused the downfall of one of baseball's most promising teams headed into the season.

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