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Boston Red Sox

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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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  • The Fly's Questions, As New Year Begins

    The Fly's Questions, As New Year Begins
    A few questions to ponder as we depart 2014 for 2015: Will the UConn men's basketball team take momentum and mojo into March, when the Huskies would be defending their title? Have UConn women's basketball fans made hotel reservations in and around...
  • 'Celebrity Apprentice': Johnny Damon plays diplomat

    Two-time World Series champ Johnny Damon says playing “The Celebrity Apprentice” was harder than being on a Major League Baseball team. “I’ve been on teams that have been successful,” the Windermere resident said Friday....
  • Angels, Red Sox discontinue pension plans for non-uniformed personnel

    Angels, Red Sox discontinue pension plans for non-uniformed personnel
    Jerry Reinsdorf of the Chicago White Sox opposed last January’s vote by fellow Major League Baseball owners to allow individual teams to reduce or discontinue pension plans for non-uniformed personnel, a group that includes front-office executives...
  • Some highs and lows to remember from the 2014 MLB season

    Some highs and lows to remember from the 2014 MLB season
    Major League Baseball, 2014 in review: The highs •¬†Clayton Kershaw was king of baseball in 2014 — National League most valuable player, Cy Young Award winner, pitched a no-hitter*, hit a score-tying triple, fielded a ground ball behind...
  • Pedro Should Be A Shoo-In For HOF; The Question Is By How Much

    In 1999-2000, Pedro Martinez went 41-10 with a 1.90 ERA and 597 strikeouts. BOSTON — As a Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster, Nomar Garciaparra watched Clayton Kershaw become the dominant pitcher in the National League, winning three of the last...
  • Randy Johnson expected to join baseball greats in Cooperstown on Tuesday

    Come Tuesday morning, there's an excellent chance Randy Johnson will complete his journey from Livermore to Cooperstown. What a trip it's been. Johnson had 303 victories. He won five Cy Young Awards, including four in succession. His 4,875 strikeouts are...
  • Trio of aces poised to lead Hall of Fame class of 2015

    NEW YORK — Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz appear to be shoo-ins for election to the Hall of Fame in what is shaping up as the baseball writers' biggest class of inductees in 60 years. When the Hall of Fame reveals the results...
  • Orioles will take closer look at their young pitchers at next week's minicamp

    Orioles will take closer look at their young pitchers at next week's minicamp
    The Orioles will get their first glimpse of a few newcomers to the organization, including Rule 5 selections Jason Garcia and Logan Verrett, during next week’s minicamp in Sarasota, Fla. Among the pitchers scheduled to attend the minicamp, which...
  • Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz ready to answer call to baseball's Hall of Fame

    Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz appear to be shoo-ins for election to the Hall of Fame in what is shaping up as the baseball writers' biggest class of inductees in 60 years. When the Hall of Fame reveals the results Tuesday at 2 p.m. on the...
  • 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...