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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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  • Home-grown outfield gives Marlins hope

    The Sports Xchange MLB Team Report - Miami Marlins - INSIDE PITCH ATLANTA -- Miami's Casey McGehee is one of the major league's most successful comeback stories this season. Signed as a free agent after spending last season in Japan, the third...
  • Kansas City Royals - TeamReport

    MLB Team Report - Kansas City Royals - INSIDE PITCH KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Royals are off Monday and it comes at an opportune time for an overworked bullpen, which had to pitch four more innings Sunday in the 10-3 loss to the Indians....
  • Boston Red Sox - TeamReport

    MLB Team Report - Boston Red Sox - INSIDE PITCH ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- With a 48-57 record, the Boston Red Sox could receive plenty of phone calls as the trade deadline approaches. Saturday's trade of Jake Peavy to the San Francisco Giants for minor...
  • Toronto Blue Jays - TeamReport

    MLB Team Report - Toronto Blue Jays - INSIDE PITCH NEW YORK -- Aaron Sanchez was still stewing in the dugout as the Toronto Blue Jays mounted a threat in the top of the ninth inning Sunday. The rookie reliever was the reason why the Blue Jays were in...
  • Philadelphia Phillies - TeamReport

    MLB Team Report - Philadelphia Phillies - INSIDE PITCH PHILADELPHIA -- The writing appeared to be on the wall for Ryan Howard after the aging former MVP sat the bench for three straight games earlier this week. But in two games since being reinserted...
  • Kansas City Royals - PlayerWatch

    RHP Greg Holland, who blew a save Thursday, struck out two in a flawless ninth to log his 27th save in 29 chances. Holland has converted 67 of his past 70 opportunities, a 95.7 percent success rate. DH Nori Aoki was moved back to the leadoff spot,...
  • Preview: Red Sox at Blue Jays

    The Boston Red Sox exploded for a season-high 14 runs in the series opener and appeared on their way to a long winning streak. Instead, the Red Sox will try to salvage a split of the four-game series when they visit the Toronto Blue Jays for the finale on...
  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • Natural born closer: The journey of Mark Melancon

    PITTSBURGH If Pittsburgh 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...