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Red Sox have successfully broken from their tortured past

Originally Published: October 27, 2007
By Howard Bryant | ESPN.com

DENVER -- There was a period of about 60 years when you could count on two things about the Boston Red Sox being in the World Series.

The first is that they would play seven long, twisting games.

The second is that in the end they would lose, historically and heartbreakingly, the kind of losses that would live in memory, increasing the longing for that ultimate victory in fans who for generations simultaneously doubted its existence. They would suffer, and bookshelves ...

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