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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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  • New Naval Academy superintendent outlines vision

    New Naval Academy superintendent outlines vision
    The new superintendent of the Naval Academy said Thursday that the institution is a national leader in confronting sexual assault and sexual harassment among students, and should be helping other schools tackle what he described as a widespread problem....
  • At meetings in Baltimore, Rob Manfred picked as baseball commissioner

    At meetings in Baltimore, Rob Manfred picked as baseball commissioner
    The final vote did not come easy, but Major League Baseball chief operating officer Robert D. Manfred finally achieved the necessary super-majority early Thursday night to become the the 10th commissioner of baseball. Manfred, who helped steer the sport...
  • Owners meetings in Baltimore all about picking Bud Selig's successor

    Owners meetings in Baltimore all about picking Bud Selig's successor
    To put it mildly, Baltimore is an interesting choice for the potentially historic owners meeting this week that is expected to determine who will be baseball's next commissioner. Representatives of the 30 clubs will come together Wednesday at the...
  • MASN TV rights dispute won't affect Orioles' All-Star Game bid, Bud Selig says

    MASN TV rights dispute won't affect Orioles' All-Star Game bid, Bud Selig says
    Baseball commissioner Bud Selig contends that the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network television rights dispute between the Orioles and the Washington Nationals can be resolved before he leaves office in January and that both Baltimore and Washington, D.C., are...
  • Baseball owners on verge of vote for Bud Selig's replacement as commissioner

    Baseball owners on verge of vote for Bud Selig's replacement as commissioner
    There is a clear favorite in the pending vote to determine who replaces longtime commissioner Bud Selig, but the coronation of Major League Baseball chief operating officer Rob Manfred is not a foregone conclusion. Baseball owners and their...
  • For Orioles, this is the time to bury the American League East

    For Orioles, this is the time to bury the American League East
    CLEVELAND —┬áThe Orioles just came off a 31-game stretch in which they played eight teams that were over .500 and have to be considered legitimate playoff contenders. They went 21-10 in that span and improved their first-place lead in the...
  • Orioles offense again goes wild in 10-3 rout of Cardinals

    Orioles offense again goes wild in 10-3 rout of Cardinals
    The Orioles suddenly have an offense that is clubbing the ball, a pitching staff that is consistently limiting the opposition and a fan base that is packing the stadium, hooting and hollering throughout the game. After a 10-3 drilling of the St. Louis...
  • Orioles option Miguel Gonzalez to Norfolk to make room for Ubaldo Jimenez

    Orioles option Miguel Gonzalez to Norfolk to make room for Ubaldo Jimenez
    The Orioles optioned right-hander Miguel Gonzalez to Triple-A Norfolk before Saturday’s game in order to make room on the 25-man roster for right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez, who was activated from the 15-day disabled list to start Saturday’s game...
  • Cardinals' John Lackey called Caleb Joseph's home run a 'Baltimore home run'

    Cardinals' John Lackey called Caleb Joseph's home run a 'Baltimore home run'
    John Lackey does not take losing to the Orioles well. On Saturday, the Cardinals pitcher and uber-heel needled Orioles fans again after the 10-3 blowout, this time putting catcher Caleb Joseph in his sights. According to MLB.com, Lackey called Orioles...
  • Orioles minor league spotlight for August 9

    Orioles minor league spotlight for August 9
    Triple-A Norfolk 1B Christian Walker had three home runs in his last 10 games entering Saturday, giving him 24 homers and 90 RBIs on the season. Both lead all Orioles minor leaguers. Walker is hitting .308 with 10 extra-base hits and 13 RBIs for the...
  • Kolten Wong's baseball career comes full circle, from Ripken World Series to major leagues

    Kolten Wong's baseball career comes full circle, from Ripken World Series to major leagues
    In 2003, an 12-year old boy from Hilo, Hawaii played in the Cal Ripken World Series, the first held in Aberdeen. Tonight (Friday) that now 23-year-old Major League Baseball player, Kolten Wong, will play in another series in the Baltimore area, a three-...
  • Ian Silverman smashes world record at Pan Pacific Para-Swimming Championships

    Ian Silverman smashes world record at Pan Pacific Para-Swimming Championships
    Paralympic swimming Baltimore's Silverman smashes nearly 13-year-old world record Team USA's Ian Silverman of Baltimore broke a nearly 13-year-old world record in the men's 400-meter freestyle S10 race Wednesday, highlighting Day 1 of the 2014 Pan...