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Christopher L. Gasper

Red Sox couldn’t rise without last year’s crash

Like a flower rising up through the cracks of a dilapidated sidewalk, the Red Sox’ return to the playoffs was born from a state of crumble and disrepair.

There would not be postseason baseball in Boston for the first time since 2009 if the Red Sox weren’t forced to suffer through the humbling, frustrating, embarrassing debacle that was the 2012 season. That’s right, we have Bobby Valentine, Josh Beckett, and Adrian Gonzalez and his cellphone minutes to thank for playoff baseball Friday at Fenway Park.

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