Worst Start to a Season That Ended in a Championship

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Top 10 Worst Starts That Ended in a Championship

On April 15, after a 7-6 loss to the Blue Jays at Fenway Park, the Boston Red Sox stood at 2-10, their $163 million payroll and offseason acquisition of slugger Adrian Gonzalez seemed destined for derision and mockery. Things didn't improve too much in the ensuing weeks, as they were still under .500, at 17-20, after another loss to Toronto on May 11.

A month later, all of that is now a distant memory. The Red Sox are flying high at 39-26, in sole possession of first place in the AL East after winning their last nine games. Since that 9-3 loss at Toronto, they have gone 22-6 to zoom past both the Yankees and Rays in the division race. Suddenly, an AL East title and even the franchise's third world championship in eight years once again become distinct possibilities.

That the Red Sox were able to right their ship shouldn't be that much of a surprise. After all, they have plenty of talent and experience. Also, they have a skipper in Terry Francona, who along with two rings is well-versed in the history of the game. He knows that teams can dig out of early-season holes without pounding on the panic button.

It's not just in baseball. In all four major North American sports leagues, there have been teams that won championships after stumbling badly out of the gate. And all this came from just the last 20 years, Our Top 10 Worst Starts That Ended in a Championship.

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