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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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  • Meet the $325 million man: Giancarlo Stanton seals deal with Miami Marlins

    Call it a commitment for the ages about as long and impressive as one of his mammoth, tape-measure home runs. Giancarlo Stanton, one of baseball's brightest young stars and biggest bashers, finally made his much-talked-about 13-year, $325 million deal...
  • MLB roundup: Stanton contract 'toughest decision of my life'

    The Sports Xchange MLB roundup: Stanton contract 'toughest decision of my life' Most people, had they been offered a $325 million contract spread out over 13 years, would agree to it immediately. But not Giancarlo Stanton. "This was the toughest...
  • Free agent ace Jon Lester gets his price for Boston-area home

    Free agent ace Jon Lester gets his price for Boston-area home
    Free agent southpaw Jon Lester, who reportedly has an offer on the table from the Boston Red Sox, has sold his home in Newton, Mass., for its asking price of $1.85 million. Lester, a three-time All-Star, listed the home for sale in September after he...
  • Cubs make their pitch for premium free-agent starter Jon Lester

    Cubs make their pitch for premium free-agent starter Jon Lester
    The massive construction project underway at chilly Wrigley Field mirrors the ominous task facing the Cubs as they court Jon Lester. The marquee free-agent left-hander met team officials Tuesday, according to a source. Despite Lester's familiarity with...
  • Report: Red Sox make offer to Lester

    The Sports Xchange Report: Red Sox make offer to Lester The Boston Red Sox made a contract offer to free agent starting pitcher Jon Lester earlier this week, according to ESPN.com. The source said he did not expect Lester to make a quick decision....
  • Braves to meet with free agent pitcher Jon Lester

    The Braves will meet Thursday with free agent pitcher Jon Lester in Atlanta, which is only about 30 minutes from the ace left-hander's offseason home. That proximity and a mutual interest that the Braves and Lester have had for years are reasons the team...
  • Greg Cote: Giancarlo Stanton deal could help repair Jeffrey Loria's image

    The cynicism and skepticism are built in as regards the Marlins and Jeffrey Loria. It has become part of the South Florida fan DNA to not quite trust the ballclub's unpopular owner, to a degree even the record-setting contract extension with star...
  • Blue Jays sign Russell Martin; Cardinals get Jason Heyward from Braves

    Russell Martin won't be coming back to the Dodgers. Martin, the premier catcher on this year's free-agent market, agreed Monday to a five-year, $82-million contract with the Toronto Blue Jays. The St. Louis Cardinals also filled the outfield void...
  • Cubs all business with Jon Lester

    There were no limos parked in front of the Chicago Cubs' offices, nor were balloons hanging above the entrance. The famed Wrigley Field marquee promoted group sales, and a massive crane was parked in the triangle symbolizing the franchise's massive...
  • Tigers pick up 2015 option on Alex Avila for $5.4M

    Signs continue to point toward Alex Avila returning as the Detroit Tigers' starting catcher next spring. The team exercised its $5.4-million 2015 club option on him Monday morning. They had until Thursday to accept or reject the offer. If rejected, Avila...
  • Jacksonville Jaguars cut Mike Flacco from practice squad

    Jacksonville Jaguars cut Mike Flacco from practice squad
    The Jacksonville Jaguars cut tight end Mike Flacco from the team's practice squad Monday. The brother of Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, Mike Flacco went undrafted this year after being selected as a third-team Division II All-American in his first...