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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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  • After a tumultuous year, red-hot Orioles outfielder Nelson Cruz has never been happier

    After a tumultuous year, red-hot Orioles outfielder Nelson Cruz has never been happier
    Nelson Cruz presents a deep rooting dilemma for the modern baseball fan. Is the Orioles outfielder the well-mannered son of teachers who built himself into a slugger step by painstaking step? In this version of the story, Cruz is the perfect baseball...
  • David Ortiz goes on defensive after Buck Showalter's comments

    David Ortiz goes on defensive after Buck Showalter's comments
    David Ortiz didn’t let Buck Showalter’s comments about the Red Sox checking their own backyard go by without taking offense, because of course he didn’t. If you need a reset, Nelson Cruz smoked Red Sox starter John Lackey on Saturday,...
  • Orioles right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez heading to the disabled list

    Orioles right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez heading to the disabled list
    Orioles right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez is heading to the 15-day disabled list with a right ankle injury, manager Buck Showalter announced before Friday’s game against the New York Yankees. The club will recall right-hander Kevin Gausman from Triple-A...
  • Ruth bat, contract sold at auction, but ball withdrawn

    Ruth bat, contract sold at auction, but ball withdrawn
    Memorabilia Ruth bat, contract sold at auction, but ball withdrawn A nearly century-old Babe Ruth bat sold for $214,000 at a memorabilia auction Saturday night, but the first baseball whacked over the Yankee Stadium fence by the legendary slugger...
  • In ailing AL East, Orioles need to get wins while the getting is good

    In ailing AL East, Orioles need to get wins while the getting is good
    It has become fairly obvious that the team that makes the playoffs out of the American League East — and there probably will be only one — will be the team that best weathers what has been a division race influenced by an unusual amount of...
  • Orioles closely monitoring Rockies left-hander Jorge De La Rosa, sources say

    Orioles closely monitoring Rockies left-hander Jorge De La Rosa, sources say
    With the July 31 nonwaiver trade deadline three weeks away, the Orioles are pursuing trade options, including an upgrade of their starting rotation. According to industry sources, the Orioles have been closely monitoring and gathering background...
  • Sports Legends Museum to host Babe Ruth 100th anniversary auction

    Sports Legends Museum to host Babe Ruth 100th anniversary auction
    Babe Ruth made his major league debut for the Boston Red Sox 100 years ago Friday, tossing seven innings and allowing two earned runs in a 4-3 win over the Cleveland Naps. A century and one day later, in the Great Bambino's hometown of Baltimore, an...
  • Orioles send starter Norris to Bowie, recall reliever Guilmet

    Orioles send starter Norris to Bowie, recall reliever Guilmet
    Orioles manager Buck Showalter wants right-hander Bud Norris to resume a standard pitching routine now that he’s returned from the 15-day disabled list. So, because of the All-Star break next week, it means Norris’ next start won’t...
  • Alfredo Aceves, who pitched for Orioles in spring, banned 50 games for positive drug test

    Alfredo Aceves, who pitched for Orioles in spring, banned 50 games for positive drug test
    Anyone familiar with pitcher Alfredo Aceves' history in Boston knows the Orioles dodged a bullet when Aceves, a non-roster invitee to spring training this year, didn’t make the 25-man roster. That the team wasn't relying on Aceves during this...
  • Michael Almanzar, three Shorebirds All-Stars providing reinforcements for Frederick

    Michael Almanzar, three Shorebirds All-Stars providing reinforcements for Frederick
    After a tough first half, the Frederick Keys have received lineup and bullpen reinforcements that could improve the team's fortunes in the Carolina League. Frederick received infielder Michael Almanzar on a rehab assignment, plus first baseman Trey...
  • These Orioles have offered a lesson in nonconformity

    These Orioles have offered a lesson in nonconformity
    It has become apparent during the first three months of this season that the Orioles are determined not to conform to anyone's expectations, regardless of whether those expectations are good, bad or somewhere in between. Take the past nine days, for...
  • Jonathan Schoop 'trying to refresh' his mind after Wayne Kirby's tactic

    Jonathan Schoop 'trying to refresh' his mind after Wayne Kirby's tactic
    When first base coach Wayne Kirby asked Jonathan Schoop to clear his locker Saturday, he hoped it would help the second baseman snap out of his struggles at the plate. So Schoop carried his belongings out of Camden Yards and then turned around and...