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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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  • How much are Dan Duquette and other top execs really worth?

    How much are Dan Duquette and other top execs really worth?
    The Toronto Blue Jays' pursuit of Dan Duquette has become a fascinating story on many levels, but one question keeps hitting me amid all the will-he-or-won’t-he speculation: What is Duquette actually worth? It’s a more nebulous issue than...
  • Fans vote Wizards' Wall starter for East in NBA All-Star Game

    Since entering the NBA nearly five years ago, disrespect — perceived and real — has been a steady source of motivation for John Wall. For reasons unknown to the Washington Wizards point guard, he was not mentioned among the best at his...
  • Braves sign veteran outfielder Gomes

    The Braves have agreed to contract terms with veteran outfielder Jonny Gomes on a one-year, $4 million contract that includes a vesting option, a person familiar with the situation said Thursday night. He'll likely be part of a left-field platoon and...
  • Pedro Martinez's Hall plaque to have Red Sox cap, John Smoltz's Braves

    Pedro Martinez's Hall plaque to have Red Sox cap, John Smoltz's Braves
    COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- Pedro Martinez's Hall of Fame plaque will have the cap of the Boston Red Sox and John Smoltz's will have the Atlanta Braves. The Hall of Fame made the announcement Thursday. It said last week that Randy Johnson's will have the cap...
  • Dan Duquette ranked 17th best general manager in baseball history

    Dan Duquette ranked 17th best general manager in baseball history
    As speculation swirls about Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette and his future with the organization, a pair of baseball writers have put his career accomplishments into a wider view, along with the rest of baseball’s executives. On a...
  • Orioles discuss potential Duquette compensation package with Blue Jays

    Orioles discuss potential Duquette compensation package with Blue Jays
    It’s still hard to characterize exactly what’s going on in the "Dan Duquette to Toronto" controversy, but the Orioles have at least spoken with the Blue Jays about individual names now – and that takes this head-shaking situation a...
  • Reports: Scherzer deal with Nationals worth $210M

    The bank went broke Monday morning. And the suspect, fleeing the scene from Detroit to Washington, D.C., was Max Scherzer. Multiple national media outlets reported overnight that the right-handed pitcher had agreed to a seven-year contract with the...
  • Anthony Fenech: Scherzer leaves one big hole in Tigers rotation

    The Detroit Tigers did the math. And after Max Scherzer declined a six-year, $144 million contract extension from them last spring, when they were the only team permitted to negotiate with him, their odds of bringing the right-hander back weren't going...
  • With slight adjustment, Orioles see bright future for Mychal Givens

    With slight adjustment, Orioles see bright future for Mychal Givens
    Inside the Orioles' team suite at the winter meetings last month, manager Buck Showalter put a video of minor league pitcher Mychal Givens up for others to watch. Givens, the Orioles’ second-round pick in 2009, is one of the most intriguing...
  • Cubs have plenty of potential moves to make at midseason

    Cubs have plenty of potential moves to make at midseason
    The overwhelming optimism during this weekend's Cubs Convention overshadowed the work by Cubs executives on potential moves that might not pay off until later this season — at the earliest. The Cubs are convinced that the control issues of hard-...
  • Trio of aces poised to lead Hall of Fame class of 2015

    NEW YORK — Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz appear to be shoo-ins for election to the Hall of Fame in what is shaping up as the baseball writers' biggest class of inductees in 60 years. When the Hall of Fame reveals the results...