Red Sox overcoming the odds, on and off the field
BOSTON (WHDH) -- It's been an amazing run; call the Red Sox the comeback kids, overcoming the odds both on and off the field.
“My expectations were pretty limited for this team,” said Ken Lague, Red Sox fan.
“I do believe in the Red Sox, but St. Louis has a tough team, tough lineup,” said Christian Manchion.
The front office changed this team drastically - no doubt - with the addition of players like, Mike Napoli, Jonny Gomes, and Shane Victorino.
This team is full of comeback stories: outfielder Jonny Gomes survived a 1997 car crash that killed his best friend when he was 16. He's a gamer and a character.
“Gosh why change now, you know? It took some unbelievable grinding to get to where we are,” said Gomes.
Pitcher Jake Peavy has terrible eyesight; it's 20-300 without his contact lenses. He describes himself as legally blind.
Jon Lester was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in 2006 at age 22, but then pitched a great game less than two years later.
“It’s pretty shocking, but we’ve got a positive outlook on it,” Lester said in September 2006.
Lester also helped the Sox win the World Series in 2007. Now he's the ace in 2013 after a 69 win season last year.
“Baseball players, we gotta turn the page pretty quickly,” said Jon Lester, Red Sox pitcher.