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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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  • If Schilling is finished, Cooperstown should be next

     
    Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling appears to be heading for the door on his Major League career and assuming that's the case, his ticket should be punched to the Hall of Fame.Over the course of a 20-year career, Schilling's win...
  • All-Star updates

     
    The weekly AL All-Star balloting updates are out. No major changes. Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez continue to lead voting at their positions by a wide margin. Matsui is 2nd in DH voting. Bobby Abreu, Johnny Damon and Melky Cabrera...

    Marlins' attendance: your thoughts

     
    My story today comparing the business of the Marlins and Tampa Bay Rays elicited all kinds of thoughts from readers on why attendance at Marlins games isn???t better. Figured I???d share a few of your thoughts: You said it???s just...

    Joba very, very good

     
    I think nights like last night are just what the Yankees had in mind when they converted Joba Chamberlain to a starter. I'm not sure they expected him to pitch 6 2/3 shutout innings just five weeks into the conversion...

    Tough stretch ahead, Gardner coming up

     
    This next nine-game stretch will give the Yankees a stiff test. They have the AL's best offensive team coming in in the Rangers, then their big rival the Red Sox, and the AL East first-place Rays. The Yankees could either...