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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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  • Cubs agree to one-year deal with Jason Motte

    The Cubs will have to make room on their 40-man roster once free-agent reliever Jason Motte passes a physical examination, and changes could be coming in the bullpen. Motte, 32, was one of the hardest throwers in the National League before suffering a...
  • Cashman: Rodriguez to compete for Yankees' DH job

    Cashman: Rodriguez to compete for Yankees' DH job
    With third baseman Chase Headley signing a four-year contract with the New York Yankees on Monday, it appears that Alex Rodriguez will be relegated to designated hitter duties when he returns next spring. The 39-year-old Rodriguez sat out last season...
  • On The Fly: Politics Find Way Into Super Bowl

    On The Fly: Politics Find Way Into Super Bowl
    Politics have a way of seeping into everything, right? You can add the Super Bowl, too. That's right, Congress — yes Congress — could bring Super Bowl XLIX to a screeching halt if it doesn't get its act together by New Year's Eve. Lauren...
  • Roundup | Tuesday, Dec. 16

    Roundup | Tuesday, Dec. 16
    BOYS BASKETBALL Richmond-Burton trumps Burlington Central Burlington Central has its own force near the basket in 6-5 Ryan Fitzgerald, but Tuesday night in a Big Northern East battle, Richmond-Burton brought along both superior height and numbers to...
  • No Gluten, No Chicken, But A Recipe For Happiness

    Rebecca Brown and Nathan Tuttle thought nothing of going to a French restaurant on their first date, even though she couldn't eat gluten, he couldn't eat chicken or turkey and they didn't know the language to translate the menu. It was a challenge they...
  • Daily Dodger in Review: Josh Beckett comeback derailed by hip injury

    JOSH BECKETT, 34, starting pitcher. Final 2014 stats: 6-6, 2.88 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, .226 opponent batting average, 8.2 strikeouts per nine innings; 5-1 with a 2.28 ERA on the road. Contract status: Retired. The good: On May 25, Beckett completed his...
  • Chicago book news: Burton History Trees' Kickstarter

    Bucktown-based Burton History Trees is running a Kickstarter campaign to create illustrated family trees of all 30 NBA teams, starting with the Chicago Bulls. Each tree will consist of the entire history of a franchise, featuring player and personnel...
  • Jon Lester hoping to age well with Cubs

    Jon Lester hoping to age well with Cubs
    Jon Lester will celebrate his 31st birthday in less than a month, but although the Chicago Cubs' new ace is hopeful he can remain a highly effective pitcher for years to come, he knows that's not a given. "There's only certain things you can control,"...
  • Restoring relations with Cuba good for baseball, but time will tell how much

    Restoring relations with Cuba good for baseball, but time will tell how much
    The consensus within baseball circles is that President Barack Obama's decision to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba only can be a good thing for the sport — although it's too early to tell exactly what changes may occur. "We'll want to see...
  • Giants keep starter Jake Peavy with 2-year deal

    Giants keep starter Jake Peavy with 2-year deal
    The San Francisco Giants have apparently re-signed right-hander Jake Peavy to a two-year contract. Although the Giants have yet to confirm the deal, the pact is believed to be worth $24 million and contains a full no-trade clause. Peavy started last...
  • Jake Peavy, San Francisco Giants reportedly agree on two-year deal

    It appears Jake Peavy is becoming a mainstay in San Francisco. Peavy has agreed to a two-year, $24-million contract with the San Francisco Giants, the Associated Press reported Friday. As part of the deal, Peavy will receive a $4 million signing bonus....