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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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  • Game roundup: Ellsbury's homer lifts Yankees past Reds

    The Sports Xchange EditorsNote: Update 1; later games to follow Game roundup: Ellsbury's homer lifts Yankees past Reds NEW YORK -- Jacoby Ellsbury hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning and the New York Yankees ended a five-game home losing streak...
  • Scott Downs, Ned Yost make mistakes as Royals fall to Red Sox, 5-4

    Scott Downs loped into the outfield grass, and Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr., understood his night was over. He turned his back to the diamond, waiting for a pinch hitter to replace him. The impending maneuver appeared obvious to so many inside...
  • Bogaerts, Gomes Rally Red Sox Past Royals

    Jonny Gomes' pinch hit, two-run home run capped a four-run rally in the sixth inning, leading the Boston Red Sox to a 5-4 victory over the Kansas City Royals in Friday's opener of a three-game series from Fenway Park. Xander Bogaerts added a two-run...
  • Gomes, Bogaerts homers help Red Sox win

    The Sports Xchange By Mike Shalin, The Sports Xchange Gomes, Bogaerts homers help Red Sox win BOSTON -- There might be some life left in the defending champions after all. The Boston Red Sox, getting a rare power display in the sixth inning, edged the...
  • On The Fly: See The Red Sox's 3 Trophies In New Britain

    If you're a Red Sox fan, you might want to go the Rock Cats game Monday night. The 2004, 2007 and 2013 Red Sox World Series trophies will be at New Britain Stadium (gates open at 5:35 p.m., game time is 7:05). Fans will have the chance to take pictures...
  • A's already set up to roll through the postseason

    Trade deadline day has morphed into a TV show in recent years, with MLB Network providing up-to-the-minute coverage of deals and rumors in the final hours before the deadline. But A's general manager Billy Beane and Cubs President Theo Epstein concocted...
  • Cubs prospects soaking up big league experience

    Cubs prospects soaking up big league experience
    MESA, Ariz. — Shortly after front-line pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel were traded to the Athletics two weeks ago, Cubs pitcher Carlos Villanueva spoke of the importance of veterans in mentoring young players being promoted from the...
  • MLB, Part II: Trade Deadline, Postseason Awards And Much More

    Trade deadline day has morphed into a TV show in recent years, with MLB Network providing up-to-the-minute coverage of deals and rumors in the final hours before the deadline. But A's general manager Billy Beane and Cubs president Theo Epstein...
  • Natural born closer: The journey of Mark Melancon

    If Pirates closer Mark Melancon looks comfortable pitching in relief, it's because he is used to it. Over the past decade, Melancon has pitched in 487 games among the majors, minors and college. Of those, he started only two, both with the University...
  • Red Sox midseason report: No surrender yet

    The Sports Xchange MLB Team Report - Boston Red Sox - INSIDE PITCH The move -- veteran catcher A.J. Pierzynski out and prospect Christian Vazquez in -- was seen by many as the Boston Red Sox waving the white flag even before the All-Star break. After...
  • Can the Orioles beat the best of the American League West?

    Can the Orioles beat the best of the American League West?
    Clearly, the American League has been turned upside-down over the first half of the 2014 season. The AL West now features three of the five winningest teams in the league, and the AL East has not lived up to preseason expectations -- except in Baltimore,...