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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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  • Little Tremors Adding Up to "The Big One"

    The waiting is always the worst part. I'm sure the tension must be getting to you, too. When will it hit? I'm talking about the big one, of course. For almost two weeks now baby quakes have been rattling the Plainfield area. They're getting so common...
  • Hall of Famer Randy Johnson fulfills promise he had at Livermore High

    Randy Johnson was an intimidating force on a pitcher's mound in the early 1980s at Livermore High School in California, and three-plus decades later, the man known in baseball as The Big Unit is a Hall of Famer. He was elected to Cooperstown by members of...
  • Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez among four elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

    For the first time in 60 years, the Baseball Writers Assn. of America has voted four players into the Hall of Fame. Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio were elected to the Hall of Fame on Tuesday, two years after the BBWAA...
  • Hall Of Fame, By The Numbers

    Voting There were 549 votes cast, with 412 needed for election: Randy Johnson, 534 (97.3 percent); Pedro Martinez, 500 (91.1); John Smoltz, 455 (82.9); Craig Biggio, 454 (82.7); Mike Piazza, 384 (69.9); Jeff Bagwell, 306 (55.7); Tim Raines, 302 (55.0);...
  • Don Mattingly believes Dodgers are a more cohesive team

    Don Mattingly thinks the Dodgers can offset the departures of Matt Kemp and Hanley Ramirez with their improved defense, but won't say whether they are a better team now than they were last season. "We'll see," Mattingly said Wednesday The Dodgers...
  • Red Sox Acquire Pitcher Danny Rosenbaum From Nationals

    WASHINGTON — The Nationals have acquired catcher Dan Butler from the Boston Red Sox for left-hander Danny Rosenbaum, who had Tommy John surgery in May. Washington announced the swap of minor leaguers Wednesday. The 28-year-old Butler, who is...
  • Nationals sign Carp to minor league deal

    Already lacking left-handed bats off the bench and suddenly in need of more outfield depth because of Jayson Werth's unexpected shoulder surgery, the Washington Nationals added a player with the potential to fill both needs Tuesday. Washington signed...
  • Pedro Martinez Going To Hall With Johnson, Biggio, Smoltz

    Pedro Martinez Going To Hall With Johnson, Biggio, Smoltz
    NEW YORK — Eleven months after Roger Clemens left Boston to embark on the twilight of his career, Pedro Martinez arrived as the new pitching ace of the Red Sox. Over the next seven seasons, Martinez was among the best pitchers in baseball while...
  • Now a grandfather, Mark Hendrickson seeks one more shot with Orioles

    Now a grandfather, Mark Hendrickson seeks one more shot with Orioles
    Mark Hendrickson knows he's a long shot to pitch in the major leagues again. He's 40 years old and hasn't pitched in the majors since 2011. He just became a grandfather three months ago. The journey that landed the well-traveled Hendrickson —...
  • Five storylines to watch at Orioles minicamp this week

    Five storylines to watch at Orioles minicamp this week
    For the fourth straight year, the Orioles are holding a minicamp at the team's spring training complex in Sarasota, Fla., geared at getting an early look at some of the organization's top young pitchers. Between 17 and 20 pitchers are expected to attend...
  • Dan Duquette played role in Pedro Martinez's path to Hall of Fame

    It is rare for a general manager to have the opportunity to trade for a Hall of Fame-caliber player once, let alone twice. But that’s what Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette did, dealing for right-hander Pedro Martinez on two separate...