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LAist can't believe it either. The Boston Red Sox are World Series champions.How did the Red Sox break an 86-year "curse?" By thinking outside the box. The Red Sox are the first "Moneyball" team to win a World Series. When John Henry, Tom Werner, and Larry Lucchino took over the Red Sox, they were determined to embrace new ideas which were revolutionizing baseball. So in came Theo Epstein, who hired Bill James and Voros McCracken as advisors. Today, they have World Series rings.

Fortunately the Dodgers have also begun to think different. With Paul DePodesta from the "Moneyball" school, perhaps a first World Series title since 1988 isn't far off the horizon.