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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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  • Hard work, family help Orioles minor leaguer Mike Yastrzemski climb through system

    Hard work, family help Orioles minor leaguer Mike Yastrzemski climb through system
    A familiar process plays out each time you see the descendant of a baseball legend in an obscure minor league ballpark.
  • Looking at the Orioles' rebound wins after walk-off losses

    Looking at the Orioles' rebound wins after walk-off losses
    OAKLAND, Calif. — Once again, the Orioles bounced back from a tough loss Saturday night, putting Friday night’s nightmare ending behind them with a commanding, 8-4 victory over the Oakland Athletics. The Orioles now have won four of five...

    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,...

    How the Orioles fared through 94 games in seasons they made the playoffs

    How the Orioles fared through 94 games in seasons they made the playoffs
    We're at the All-Star break, so it's a good time to once again check the Orioles' progress against previous teams who made the playoffs in franchise history. How does this year's squad stack up through 94 games against successful Orioles teams of the...

    Mike Yastrzemski promoted to Double-A Bowie after one month at High-A Frederick

    Mike Yastrzemski promoted to Double-A Bowie after one month at High-A Frederick
    Orioles minor league outfielder Mike Yastrzemski was promoted to Double-A Bowie on Wednesday, Single-A Frederick announced, making him the club's first 2013 draft pick to reach that level. Yastrzemski, who is the grandson of Boston Red Sox Hall of Famer...