I hate the Red Sox with a passion but damned if they didn't rebound completely after that godawful 2012 season. Frankly, I'm surprised more of us didn't see this coming --- 2012 was caused less by Bobby V and more by Ortiz, Pedroia, Lester, Buchholz, Ellsbury and more all being injured. These guys were all healthy (save Buchholz) in 2013 and boom, the team is awesome again. Combine that with John Lackey's resurrection, Koji Uehara becoming a superman and hitting on all of their gritty, count-working, OBP, beard guys, and there are your champions.
"It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in the spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall alone." --- Bart Giamatti, on baseball
From Peter Gammons' Notes Column (7/6/02): Just when it seemed that the Diamondbacks would deal Erubiel Durazo for Weaver or some pitcher and let Mark Grace and Lyle Overbay play first base, this happened: