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Editorial: Sox are surprising

October has arrived and already there are people looking to put a scare into the region.

They’re not waiting for Halloween, however. They’re arriving Friday in Boston, and they’ll take the for of the American League Wild Card baseball team. But New England has something to ward off these pretenders who look to play a trick or two — some lucky Red Sox.

Our favorite Boys of Summer make a return to October baseball for a run at a World Series title. And truth be told, there are very few people, whether fans of the Boston Red Sox or not, who had predicted back in April that this team would be one of the best, let alone be around for a post-season run. Let’s face it, what Red Sox fans were looking for was a simple improvement over the last season and the dysfunction from the managerial seat that helped foster discord in the clubhouse. And if the team could also erase the lingering bitter taste of fried chicken and beer in the clubhouse during games as part of September 2011’s collapse, so much the better.

We’re glad to say that the 2013 edition of the Boston Red Sox did all that and much more.

Over the course of the 162-game season, the Red Sox won 97 games, finishing in a tie with the National League’s St. Louis Cardinals for the best record in baseball. They did it by being a team that refused to be out-hustled on the field and where the enthusiasm and camaraderie showed a respect for each other and a love of the game. In just about every game somebody made some magic, from the late-inning heroics to the steady starting pitching and to the defense. It’s what Red Sox fans have come to expect from guys named Pedroia, Lester, Ortiz and Ellsbury. But it’s also come from players like Carp, Napoli, Victorino, Nava, Middlebrooks and Uehara, to name a few.

While they may not be “idiots” that made up the 2003 and curse-breaking 2004 teams or the 1967 magical squad with Triple Crown winner Carl Yastrzemski carrying the Sox to the World Series, this beard growing and tugging band of players have offered a reason to cheer again.

We’re looking forward to more magic, one where these Sox are ready to provide their fans with a treat come Halloween.

Go Red Sox!

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