There would be no postseason baseball in Boston for the first time since 2009 if the Red Sox weren’t forced to suffer through the humbling, frustrating, embarrassing debacle that was the 2012 season. That’s right, we have Bobby Valentine, Josh Beckett, and Adrian Gonzalez and his cell-phone minutes to thank for playoff baseball Friday at Fenway Park.
It was worth it, every last loss and head-shaking sideshow that last season’s last-place, 69-win calamity served up, because it led the Sox to this.
Going from worst to first in the American League East and finishing tied for the best record in baseball (97-65) wouldn’t have been possible without 2012. Destruction had to pave the way for redemption. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.