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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

Top Boston Red Sox Articles

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  • Looking back at the Orioles' long-shot odds to win the AL East

    Looking back at the Orioles' long-shot odds to win the AL East
    Even though the Orioles have the ability to win the American League East by the largest margin in years, they were a longshot to win the division before the season began. When online bookmaker Bovada released its first 2014 baseball futures odds, the...
  • Making major league debut, Christian Walker says he's 'happy to be here'

    Making major league debut, Christian Walker says he's 'happy to be here'
    Roughly two weeks ago, first baseman Christian Walker was at Camden Yards picking up his Brooks Robinson Minor League Player of the Year Award. On Wednesday, he was in the Orioles’ starting lineup, batting seventh and playing first base in his major...
  • Notes on Marcus Stroman's suspension, Orioles resting, Christian Walker's debut

    Notes on Marcus Stroman's suspension, Orioles resting, Christian Walker's debut
    It took 48 hours, but the disciplinary sanctions the Orioles were hoping for were passed down by Major League Baseball on Wednesday. Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Marcus Stroman was suspended six games and fined an undisclosed amount for throwing...
  • Orioles pregame notes: Delayed start today, Jimenez to start Tuesday and more

    The start of today's Orioles game against the New York Yankees has been pushed back to an estimated 1:40 p.m. because of rain. Scattered showers are forecast throughout the day. Right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez will fill the Orioles’ open starting...
  • No one could have seen this magical Orioles season coming

    No one could have seen this magical Orioles season coming
    It’s almost hard to get your arms around. Three years ago, the Orioles were a divisional doormat with a 14-year losing streak and a frustrated fan base that didn’t know if the franchise would ever figure out which way was up. Six months ago,...
  • Orioles magic returns [Editorial]

    Orioles magic returns  [Editorial]
    Not long ago, it was suggested by more than one sportswriter that the Baltimore Orioles would never again win the American League East. Not merely because they were bad (although during the post-1997 cellar-dwelling years, they certainly were) but because...
  • Fans join in celebration as Orioles win first AL East title since 1997

    Fans join in celebration as Orioles win first AL East title since 1997
    The Orioles clinching a division title had been inevitable for weeks. But for fans who'd waited 17 years to reclaim bragging rights in the American League East, witnessing the actual moment at Camden Yards Tuesday night seemed essential. A sweet...
  • Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston recreates Orioles pie celebration

    Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston recreates Orioles pie celebration
    It's a wonderful world where one of the first things featured in a five-minute long video on the MLB playoffs is an Orioles vignette, isn't it? Emmy Award-winning actor Bryan Cranston, of "Breaking Bad," tells the story of his one-man baseball show in...
  • Orioles notes on Buck Showalter tying his mentor in wins, Chris Davis and more

    Orioles notes on Buck Showalter tying his mentor in wins, Chris Davis and more
    Orioles manager Buck Showalter fidgeted in his chair, admitting he was uncomfortable about the possibility of tying his mentor, Billy Martin, on the all-time managerial wins list. Monday night's 5-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays was the 1,253rd...
  • Good riddance, Jeter [Commentary]

    Good riddance, Jeter [Commentary]
    My favorite Orioles-Yankees game of the last 15 years took place during the 2012 American League Division Series. On a chilly October night at Camden Yards, the Orioles beat the Yanks 3-2 to tie the series at one game apiece. Yankee fans often...
  • After giving up run in top of 9th, Orioles rally for 3-2 win over New York Yankees

    After giving up run in top of 9th, Orioles rally for 3-2 win over New York Yankees
    In front of a packed house and a national television audience, Sunday evening at Camden Yards was supposed to belong to Derek Jeter and Francis Scott Key, perhaps in that order. But infielder Kelly Johnson, an Oriole for roughly two weeks, ignited his...
  • Orioles' Ubaldo Jimenez to 'find a way to compete' in spot start Tuesday night

    Orioles' Ubaldo Jimenez to 'find a way to compete' in spot start Tuesday night
    Right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez hasn’t made a start in nearly a month — and he has made just two relief appearances since then — but he said he’s ready for Tuesday’s spot start against the Toronto Blue Jays. “The only...