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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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  • Teixeira signing may mean end of Andy Pettitte in pinstripes

     
    For the past few weeks, I've been wondering what Andy Pettitte is waiting on in not accepting the Yankees' one-year, $10 million contract offer. The chances are good now that he has waited too long. As of midday no final......
  • Swisher/Nady

     
    So Joe Girardi named Xavier Nady as his starting rightfielder, as things stand today. Both Nady and Nick Swisher will get playing time but that is the plan for now. Here's the link. I focused more on Swisher in the......
  • Notes & Quotes from Yankees' 7-1 win over Red Sox

     
    * Jorge Posada threw out Jacoby Ellsbury attempting to steal. * Derek Jeter went 1-for-2 with a walk in his return to the Yankees. * A.J. Burnett allowed one run and three hits with two walks and four strikeouts in......
  • Various pre-game topics

     
    OK, so the game is actually underway, with A.J. Burnett and the Yankees taking on the Red Sox in their only Tampa tilt of the spring. You've got what is quite likely the Yankees Opening Day lineup going tonight. Here......
  • Many people watched many sports events in 2008

     
    You can make a pretty good case for 2008 as the best sports year ever, and many already have. You can make an even better case that it was the best sports TV year ever, which Nielsen did in a......
  • MLB Network announces Thursday night slate

     
    The MLB Network announced its first eight Thursday night matchups, featuring 16 different teams, including the Yankees and Mets. (The Yankees' and Mets' games will be blacked out on MLB Network in the New York area and instead be seen......
  • Is Ollie OK?

     
    Tough to tell. Last night was definitely an improvement. No doubt about that. But that's the maddening thing about Oliver Perez -- he lures you back with those type of performances and then lasts 1 1/3 innings the next time......
  • Here's my 2009 predictions (spoiler alert)

     
    Attached that spoiler alert just in case you really don't want to know how this season turns out. For those of you that hate surprises, read on. NL East -- Mets NL Central -- Cubs NL West -- Diamondbacks Wild......
  • Ready for the opener

     
    The Yankees just wrapped up their final workout before Opening Day. We're just more than 24 hours out from the first pitch and the first official look at CC Sabathia and Mark Teixeira as Yankees. You'll have to wait a......
  • Things to like (not like) about the Mets this season

     
    With a steady rain falling in the city this morning, I figured I'd post a list from our baseball preview section. Everybody likes lists, right? Anyway, I'm not sure what the status is yet for tonight's game, but at least......
  • Bob Ojeda, Chris Carlin are SNY's new Mets studio duo

     
    The main element of my Friday newspaper column is a look at SNY's new Mets studio team of Bob Ojeda and Chris Carlin. You can read about that here if you are interested. Due to a technical glitch, the other......