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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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  • Wrigley video board balances digital present, ballpark's past

     Wrigley video board balances digital present, ballpark's past
    Ever since the Cubs announced plans to erect a giant video board at the back of the left-field bleachers, baseball traditionalists fretted that this insertion of flashy technology would disrupt one of the most beloved places in Chicago and the nation...
  • What they're saying about the Orioles: Opening Day picks edition

    What they're saying about the Orioles: Opening Day picks edition
    Between the predictions for a 162-game baseball season and NFL mock drafts based almost purely on speculation, March and April are ripe with bad guesses. Few understand that more that Orioles fans, who have seen their team overcome said bad guesses in the...
  • Orioles announce Opening Day roster

    Orioles announce Opening Day roster
    The Orioles on Sunday afternoon set their Opening Day roster, which included a couple of mild surprises, and announced that Ubaldo Jimenez initially will serve as the club's fifth starter. Like most things on a team run by Dan Duquette and Buck...
  • 5 things to know for Monday in Pennsylvania

    A daily look at late-breaking news, coming events and stories that will be talked about in Pennsylvania on Monday. COMMON PENNSYLVANIA BAT SPECIES THREATENED The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has listed the northern long-eared bat as a "threatened"...
  • Orioles' pitching-heavy roster isn't going to last long

    Orioles' pitching-heavy roster isn't going to last long
    The Orioles delivered a couple of curveballs on Sunday when the club released its Opening Day roster by the 3 p.m. deadline, but there's a pretty good chance it will change more than once over the next few days. Obviously, it'll change after the Orioles...
  • Expectations quite low for the 2015 Phillies

    Expectations quite low for the 2015 Phillies
    No team is picked to win fewer games this season than the Philadelphia Phillies. Rebuilding isn't easy. After dominating the NL East from 2007-11, capturing five division titles, two pennants and one World Series championship, the Phillies have...
  • Managerial wheels will be spinning with Joe Maddon and the Cubs

     Managerial wheels will be spinning with Joe Maddon and the Cubs
    This is definitely not your average Joe. When Joe Maddon takes the top step of the Cubs' dugout at Wrigley Field this season, fans will be seeing a different kind of manager than the ones they have watched in the past. Maddon uses shifts more often...
  • Theo Epstein and Larry Lucchino try to stay out of each other's business

    Theo Epstein and Larry Lucchino try to stay out of each other's business
    FORT MYERS, Fla. — From the recruitment of Theo Epstein to signing Jon Lester to using the Fenway Park blueprint in their Wrigley Field renovation, there's no doubt Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts has a serious case of Boston envy. The next thing you...
  • Cubs pitcher Jon Lester seeks his first hit

    Cubs pitcher Jon Lester seeks his first hit
    MESA, Ariz. -- Jon Lester has a sense of dry sense of humor, and he displayed it when asked about his hitting ability. "They’re hiding me," Lester deadpanned. "Secret weapon." Lester, who has spent nine seasons in the American League with the...
  • Jonathan Herrera making strong push toward Cubs' roster

    Jonathan Herrera making strong push toward Cubs' roster
    MESA, Ariz. -- Arismendy Alcantara has received plenty of notoriety for his versatility, but Jonathan Herrera also is making a strong push to make the Chicago Cubs' opening night roster. Herrera, 30, survived the last round of cuts as a non-roster...
  • Bragging rights: the aces — Jon Lester or Chris Sale

    Bragging rights: the aces — Jon Lester or Chris Sale
    The aces Cubs: Jon Lester The repertoire: Before experiencing a "dead" left arm, fastball ranged from 90 to 92, but tends to rise to the mid-90 mph range by midseason. Cut fastball gets right on top of hands to right-handed batters, and he can back...