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Boston Red Sox

Boston Red Sox
Originally the Boston Americans, founded in 1901, the Red Sox won the first World Series in 1903. Playing its games from 1912 to the present at tiny and quirky Fenway Park, with its 37-foot high wall in left field called "The Green Monster" and other unique features, the Red Sox are woven deeply into the fabric of New England, the capital of a fandom referred to as "Red Sox Nation," because of its widespread reach. From 1978-2003, the Red Sox's decades-long inability to win the World Series -- often at the hands of the New York Yankees, often in improbable and heartbreaking ways -- became the primary identity of the franchise, summed up as "The Curse of the Bambino," a reference to the sale... Show more »
Originally the Boston Americans, founded in 1901, the Red Sox won the first World Series in 1903. Playing its games from 1912 to the present at tiny and quirky Fenway Park, with its 37-foot high wall in left field called "The Green Monster" and other unique features, the Red Sox are woven deeply into the fabric of New England, the capital of a fandom referred to as "Red Sox Nation," because of its widespread reach. From 1978-2003, the Red Sox's decades-long inability to win the World Series -- often at the hands of the New York Yankees, often in improbable and heartbreaking ways -- became the primary identity of the franchise, summed up as "The Curse of the Bambino," a reference to the sale of Babe Ruth to the New York club. But the fortunes of the franchise changed in stunning fashion in 2004. Again facing the Yankees in the ALCS, the Red Sox lost the first three games, losing Game 3 at Fenway 19-8. But in the ninth inning of Game 4, Dave Roberts stole second base off closer Mariano Rivera, then scored the tying run. David Ortiz got the first of two straight walk-off hits in the 12th inning with a two-run homer. He repeated the feat later that same day in Game 5 with a single in the 14th inning. In Game 6, Curt Schilling pitched with a sutured right ankle, blood oozing through his sock, but earned the victory, forcing a Game 7 that the Red Sox won easily. It was the first time in baseball history a team won a series after trailing 0-3. The Red Sox then swept St. Louis in the World Series, its first title in 86 years. The Red Sox would win again in 2007, recovering from a 3-1 deficit to Cleveland in the ALCS, then sweeping Colorado for the title. « Show less

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  • The DC twins

     
    Definitely a good sign that Ryan Church and Brian Schneider are in camp early - especially since there was speculation that could have been traded away during the offseason. Church, coming off a pair of concussions last season, was virtually...
  • Miami Dolphins No. 22 of Forbes' 50 most valuable sports franchises; Heat not on list

     
    NFL owners have to be feeling pretty smug with a new collective bargaining agreement tucked away in their back pockets for the next 10 years. Not only did they walk away with a bigger slice of the $9 billion...

    SNY to televise Red Sox-Mets tilt at Citi Field April 3

     
    SNY will show 12 Mets spring training games and WPIX four, beginning Feb. 26 on SNY against the Marlins, a team that played a bit of a role late in the Metropolitans' past two regular seasons. The highlight: The first...

    No talk of Pedro

     
    Regis Courtemanche of Metsblog.com is our guest blogger for today. In 2005, Pedro Martinez made a splash by coming to New York and starting what many have dubbed, "The Pedro Effect". Pedro's arrival in Queens spurred other stars such as...

    Five years ago ...

     
    Hat tip to RiverAveBlues.com for reminding me that it was five years ago yesterday that Alex Rodriguez was traded to the Yankees from Texas for Alfonso Soriano and Joaquin Arias. Here's my question. If you could change any ONE thing...