History is not on the Boston Red Sox’s side.
The Red Sox kick off their World Series defense Monday, but Boston will find it extremely difficult to repeat in 2014. Major League Baseball hasn’t had a repeat champion since the New York Yankees secured their third straight World Series title in 2000, and the 2009 Philadelphia Phillies are the only team since then to reach the World Series the season after winning a title.
But hey, this Red Sox team loves challenges.
The Red Sox showed incredible resilience throughout last season’s memorable World Series run. There were several times when Boston looked down and out, yet the bearded bunch flexed its muscle whenever it was backed into a corner. With most of the same pieces intact for 2014, the Sox certainly aren’t going to shy away from a fight, regardless of what history says.
There are several reasons why the Red Sox, who are entering the 2014 season with talent up and down their roster, could buck baseball’s recent trend and repeat as World Series champions in 2014. The link below details 10 such reasons.