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Red Sox Collapse: What Was Behind Boston's Epid September Swoon?

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Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz rests his head in his hands in the dugout before the Red Sox's baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) | AP

How a team that was on pace in late August to win 100 games and contend for its third World Series title in seven years self-destructed is a story of disunity, disloyalty, and dysfunction like few others in franchise history.

This article is based on a series of interviews the Globe conducted with individuals familiar with the Sox operation at all levels. Most requested anonymity out of concern for their jobs or potential damage to their relationships in the organization. Others refused to comment or did not respond to interview requests.

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