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Dose of reality hits home for Red Sox

With Terry Francona away from the team due to health problems, the Red Sox suddenly saw how fragile life can be.

Originally Published: April 11, 2005
By Sean McAdam | Special to ESPN.com

The Red Sox knew this year would be different – expectations were bound to change after they won their first World Series in 86 years. They knew there would be challenges as defending champions and knew, too, that teams would come after them harder than ever before.

They understood they would have to listen to some suggestions that they were distracted by their success, that participating in a taping of "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" would bring charges that they had lost focus.

But ...

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