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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

Top Boston Red Sox Articles

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  • Joe Maddon sticking with Hector Rondon as Cubs closer

    Joe Maddon sticking with Hector Rondon as Cubs closer
    MESA, Ariz. — Manager Joe Maddon expounded on using relievers in various situations to maximize their strengths. But the only firm role appears that of closer Hector Rondon. "He did close last year, didn't he?'' Maddon replied Saturday. "I ended...
  • New manager Maddon, Cubs getting to know each other in camp

    New manager Maddon, Cubs getting to know each other in camp
    MESA, Ariz. — Joe Maddon is already putting his imprint on the Chicago Cubs, from what they hear to how they wear their hair. The new manager has been meeting with his team and getting to know his players at spring training — not that they...
  • Memories of first spring training linger for Astros

    Memories of first spring training linger for Astros
    KISSIMMEE — Pat Neshek's earliest memory of spring training involved a case of mistaken identity, Torii Hunter and an unexpected gift. Neshek, who signed a two-year contract for $12.5 million with the Houston Astros in December, was a minor-...
  • On The Fly: Syracuse Honors Two Former Players

    On The Fly: Syracuse Honors Two Former Players
    Syracuse University honored two basketball greats at halftime of Saturday's loss to Pittsburgh at the Carrier Dome, retiring the numbers of Roosevelt Bouie and Louis Orr. It was a nice ceremony and the former players were presented with their framed...
  • Red Sox extend manager John Farrell's contract through 2017

    The Boston Red Sox hoped to work out a new deal for manager John Farrell before they opened camp. They nearly got it done. So while Boston pitchers and catchers held their first official workout Saturday, the team announced that Farrell's contract had...
  • Connections: Former Olympia swimmer impresses at ACC meet

    Connections: Former Olympia swimmer impresses at ACC meet
    Riki Bonnema is studying environmental sciences, with an emphasis on marine ecology, at North Carolina State. After her performance at the recent ACC swimming meet in Atlanta, Bonnema might want to start perusing a record book. The former Olympia...
  • Arismendy Alcantara's adaptability enormous asset in Joe Maddon's system

    MESA, Ariz. — Arismendy Alcantara didn't play the outfield until about one month before he was promoted to the Cubs in July. That may have been a solid career move for Alcantara, especially with Joe Maddon as the Cubs' new manager. Alcantara's...
  • Clark says players against radical speed-up changes

    Major league players are against many of the radical changes introduced during the Arizona Fall League to speed up games. Baseball players' association head Tony Clark is encouraging his membership to make slight adjustments that will improve the pace of...
  • Ortiz on pace-of-play fines: 'I might run out of money'

    David Ortiz has a deliberate routine at the plate. He sounded prepared to pay for it. "I might run out of money," Ortiz said during a colorful rant Wednesday about the new pace-of-play rule requiring hitters to keep at least one foot in the batter's box...
  • Anthony Rizzo tells Sammy Sosa to reunite with Cubs

    Anthony Rizzo tells Sammy Sosa to reunite with Cubs
    MESA, Ariz. -- Sammy Sosa’s arrival at Cubs’ camp back in the day was always a media event. "Did you miss me?" was Sosa's annual catchphrase. Sosa has been gone from the Cubs for a decade now, but now there are rumblings the cold war...
  • David Ortiz Rails On Staying In Batter's Box: 'I Might Run Out Of Money'

    David Ortiz Rails On Staying In Batter's Box: 'I Might Run Out Of Money'
    FORT MYERS, Fla. — David Ortiz says he "might run out of money" if baseball enforces the new pace-of-play rule requiring hitters to keep at least one foot in the batter's box. Ortiz used part of his first spring training session with reporters...