I can barely remember the last Red Sox team that won the AL East. It was way back in 1995. Mo Vaughn, John Valentin, and yes, Roger Clemens was on that team. And, they lost in the first round to the Cleveland Indians 3-0. Fast forward 12 years, the Red Sox have won the AL East.
I actually thought they were going to blow the division, but they pulled it off. This is by far not the best Red Sox team in the last 12 years ('03 and '04 were much better teams), but the Yankees are not as good as in previous years. Add it up and it makes perfect sense for them to win the division.
The division is a huge boost for this year's club, too. I think it's going to be tough to win the World Series in a stacked American League. They'll probably draw the Angels in the first round and that's a tought series. I would rather play the Indians since the Angels have the Yankees number.
Anyway, they got a shot. They just need to pay their game and let it ride. I'm not as confident as I was a couple months ago, but they very well could be the world champions at the end of October.