Being on the ropes brings out the best in Boston

Originally Published: October 18, 2008
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The mere act of winning baseball games in October isn't enough for the Boston Red Sox. You get the sense that these guys aren't fulfilled unless they leave behind a trail of frayed emotions, crushed spirits and fractured psyches.

In the Boston clubhouse, "convenience" is a four-letter word.

Just think about poor Cleveland manager Eric Wedge, who must be experiencing some nasty flashbacks as he watches Tampa Bay fritter away a seemingly sure trip to the World ...

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