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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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  • D-backs spend big on Cuban OF

    The Sports Xchange MLB Team Report - Arizona Diamondbacks - INSIDE PITCH Making a big financial commitment in an effort to upgrade their outfield, Arizona Diamondbacks finalized a six-year, $68.5 million deal with Cuban slugger Yasmany Tomas on Dec. 8....
  • Jays acquire Donaldson in five-player deal

    The Sports Xchange MLB Team Report - Toronto Blue Jays - INSIDE PITCH The Toronto Blue Jays finally got their man, acquiring All-Star third baseman Josh Donaldson from the Oakland Athletics in a five-player deal Nov. 28. "I'm so shocked," Donaldson...
  • Yankees find new shortstop

    The Sports Xchange MLB Team Report - New York Yankees - INSIDE PITCH A three-team trade on Dec. 5 might help the New York Yankees fill the vacancy created by the retirement of shortstop Derek Jeter. The Yankees acquired shortstop Didi Gregorius from...
  • Mariners shake up AL landscape with Cruz signing

    The Sports Xchange MLB Team Report - Seattle Mariners - INSIDE PITCH For the second time in as many winters, the Seattle Mariners sent a shock wave through baseball with a high-profile move to add a big bat to their evolving lineup. While last year's...
  • Cardinals acquire Heyward to take over in right

    The Sports Xchange MLB Team Report - St. Louis Cardinals - INSIDE PITCH Three weeks after the death of right fielder Oscar Taveras, the still-mourning St. Louis Cardinals made a roster move to fill his position. The Cardinals acquired right fielder...
  • Giants aim to avoid previous post-title missteps

    The Sports Xchange MLB Team Report - San Francisco Giants - INSIDE PITCH The San Francisco Giants were baseball's champs again in 2014. Now begins the long wait for the 2016 World Series. That's right. History tells us the Giants not only will fail to...
  • Collins: Mets set to contend

    The Sports Xchange MLB Team Report - New York Mets - INSIDE PITCH Terry Collins said since the end of last season that the New York Mets would contend in 2015, a bold statement coming from the manager of a team on a run of six consecutive losing season....
  • Mitch Albom: Tigers change stripes, but will trades work?

    This time of year, being a baseball manager is like having a Rubik's Cube in your head. You keep spinning the combinations until you're dizzy. "I was doing it before the trades were even made," Brad Ausmus said Thursday after the Tigers' very active...
  • MLB roundup: Pirates keep Liriano for $39M

    The Sports Xchange MLB roundup: Pirates keep Liriano for $39M The Pittsburgh Pirates finalized an agreement with pitcher Francisco Liriano on a three-year, $39 million contract Friday. The Pirates retained the free-agent left-hander who turned down...
  • Magna Vista, Lafayette's foe in 3A state championship game, has made the most of second chances

     Magna Vista, Lafayette's foe in 3A state championship game, has made the most of second chances
    The 1986 New York Mets are a prime example of how dangerous a team given a second chance can be. Magna Vista (13-1) brings a 2004 Boston Red Sox level of danger into its 3A football state championship game meeting against Lafayette (14-0) on Saturday at...
  • After busy Winter Meetings, more deals left to be made

    After busy Winter Meetings, more deals left to be made
    SAN DIEGO — Baseball's Winter Meetings invariably consist of a lot of talk and little action. Not this year, though, as the four-day gathering that concluded Thursday at the Manchester Grand Hyatt included 19 transactions that involved 44 players....