Now we know they can win the World Series at home, and we know they can win it against an opponent tenacious enough to hang around for more than four games.
Back in 2004 we learned they could win in our lifetimes. In 2007 we learned that 2004 wasn’t a fluke.
It wouldn’t be fair to say that we learned this year that Mr. Potato Head could manage a baseball team better than Bobby Valentine could, but it’s tempting to entertain that possibility. 2012 wasn’t all Bobby Valentine’s fault any more than 2013 was entirely the work of John Farrell, but you get to be Manager of the Year when you lead a team that finished last to the championship the following season, right? Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.