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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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  • Royals fill potential rotation hole with Volquez

    The Sports Xchange MLB Team Report - Kansas City Royals - INSIDE PITCH Securing a rotation replacement in anticipation of right-hander James Shields' likely exit, the Kansas City Royals signed free agent right-hander Edinson Volquez on Dec. 29. The...
  • Jeff Jacobs: Hard-Bitten Writer Finds Fun Again In Son's Game

    Jeff Jacobs: Hard-Bitten Writer Finds Fun Again In Son's Game
    The sports fan in me died Sept. 9, 1972. Forty two years later, it isn't difficult to make such an admission. The hard part is admitting the sports fan in me returned from the dead in the waning days of 2014. Growing up in the 1960s as a fan of the...
  • Mariners acquire Smith as possible platoon outfielder

    The Sports Xchange MLB Team Report - Seattle Mariners - INSIDE PITCH After adding outfielder Justin Ruggiano in a mid-December trade, the Seattle Mariners continued bulking up their outfield just before the end of the year. Seattle acquired...
  • Padres happy to add Maurer to pitching staff

    The Sports Xchange MLB Team Report - San Diego Padres - INSIDE PITCH After acquiring an entirely new outfield in mid-December, the San Diego Padres dealt away some of their depth at the position. San Diego shipped Seth Smith to the Seattle Mariners...
  • Chicago book news: Chicago Writers Association's annual awards winners announced

    The Chicago Writers Association recently announced the winners of their fourth annual Book of the Year Awards. The winners are "The Hundred-Year House" by Rebecca Makkai (Traditional Fiction), "Carpe Diem, Illinois (A Leo Townsend novel)" by Kristin A....
  • 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...
  • Reds land OF Byrd in deal with Phillies

    The Sports Xchange Reds land OF Byrd in deal with Phillies The Cincinnati Reds added veteran outfielder Marlon Byrd in a trade with the Philadelphia Phillies for minor-league pitching prospect Ben Lively on Wednesday. Byrd is due $8 million next season...
  • Byrd brings power bat to Reds' outfield

    The Sports Xchange MLB Team Report - Cincinnati Reds - INSIDE PITCH Beefing up their outfield, the Cincinnati Reds added veteran Marlon Byrd in a trade with the Philadelphia Phillies for minor league pitching prospect Ben Lively on Dec. 31. Byrd is due...
  • '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...