Boston Red Sox: 7 Keys to Rebuilding Sox to Contend in 2012

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Boston Red Sox: 7 Keys to Rebuilding Sox to Contend in 2012
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The Boston Red Sox are not just a baseball team, they are a way of life.  People live and die rooting for the Red Sox.  They pour every aspect of their lives into the team that brings them joy, happiness and heartache.  

Countless fans journeyed with the team year after year as they sought after the elusive World Series title prior to 2004.  They put themselves in the stands day after day, night after night, searching and hoping for to break the curse.  

Fans don't just like the Boston Red Sox, they love them, hate them, and die for them.  Ask any die-hard fan and they will bring up many stories of heartache and disappointment; but along with those feelings come feelings of pure joy and ecstasy.  

The 2011 Boston Red Sox looked powerful, talented and on their way to winning another World Series title.  They had all the tools, or so we all thought.

Things started off on a bad note, but then turned around as they cruised midsummer to the best record in the American League and looking like the powerhouse they were expected to be.

Then September reared its ugly head, and everything we held onto the whole year collapsed in front of us.  All the hope we had was dashed on that fateful September night against the hapless Baltimore Orioles.  Moments after the Orioles recorded the last out and took the field in celebration, Evan Longoria hit his home run that would seal the deal for the Red Sox.

Season finished.  The rebuilding must begin. 

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