12 Biggest Winners from the Boston Red Sox Meltdown

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12 Biggest Winners from the Boston Red Sox Meltdown
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The Boston Red Sox became the first team in MLB history to miss the postseason after holding a nine-game September lead with just 24 remaining games.

On the morning of Sept. 4, 2011, Boston (84-54) woke up to a nine-game advantage over Tampa Bay (75-63) for the American League wild card. The Red Sox, the preseason favorite to represent the AL in the World Series, won just six more games in September.

Tampa went on to win 16 more, surpassing Boston in the late hours of the season's final day.

While the collapse taints the career resumes of everyone involved with the Red Sox, several others reaped benefits from Boston's meltdown.

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