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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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  • Bud Norris pitches into 8th inning, gets ejected in Orioles' 4-1 loss to Tigers

    Bud Norris pitches into 8th inning, gets ejected in Orioles' 4-1 loss to Tigers
    Bud Norris silenced the Detroit Tigers hitters early in his outing Saturday night by pitching inside effectively, but when his 113th and final pitch sailed inside and hit right fielder Torii Hunter, it wasn't received well. Tempers flared and both...
  • Despite four-game skid, Orioles hit the road in first place

    Despite four-game skid, Orioles hit the road in first place
    The Orioles are in the exact same place they were when their current four-game losing streak began – atop the American League East standings. As the Orioles open their four-game series in Kansas City tonight, they will still hold a half-game...
  • Dylan Bundy to pitch in extended spring training game and other Orioles notes

    Dylan Bundy to pitch in extended spring training game and other Orioles notes
    Orioles right-hander Dylan Bundy is progressing toward another step in his recovery from Tommy John elbow ligament surgery last June. Bundy is expected to throw one inning in an extended spring training game Tuesday in Sarasota, Fla. It will mark...
  • Given Orioles' relief needs, Norfolk bullpen in spotlight lately

    Given Orioles' relief needs, Norfolk bullpen in spotlight lately
    All eyes have been on Triple-A Norfolk this weekend, not for its players’ performances, but its pitchers’ availability to hop a plane and join the Orioles’ drained bullpen. Brad Brach joined the team in Minnesota, with Josh Stinson and...
  • Although he has passed test so far, Orioles closer Tommy Hunter strives to be better

    Although he has passed test so far, Orioles closer Tommy Hunter strives to be better
    Before long, whether through a rising price tag or poor performance, a baseball team will eventually move to its next closer. The former is how Tommy Hunter replaced Jim Johnson at the back of the Orioles bullpen this year, but not before Johnson...
  • Two-year anniversary of Chris Davis' memorable relief appearance

    Two-year anniversary of Chris Davis' memorable relief appearance
    Late Thursday night and into Friday morning, as the Orioles doubleheader with Pittsburgh dragged on and Buck Showalter was recycling pitchers from the first game, I heard several remarks both in the press box and on Twitter that Chris Davis should be...
  • Orioles-Pirates rained out for second straight day; doubleheader set for Thursday

    Orioles-Pirates rained out for second straight day; doubleheader set for Thursday
    For the second straight day, rain postponed a game between the Orioles and the Pittsburgh Pirates at Camden Yards. The two clubs will play the two-game interleague series in one day Thursday, with a single-admission doubleheader scheduled to begin at 4:...
  • Orioles head into FanFest with 'work to do,' and with excitement yet to build

    Orioles head into FanFest with 'work to do,' and with excitement yet to build
    As the Orioles prepared for last year's annual FanFest, it didn't seem to matter that the club had made only under-the-radar alterations to its roster. The organization was coming off its first winning season and first postseason appearance since 1997....
  • Now that Orioles failed to sign Bronson Arroyo, what's next in their free-agent search?

    Now that Orioles failed to sign Bronson Arroyo, what's next in their free-agent search?
    The Orioles’ search for a starting pitcher to upgrade their rotation took a major hit Friday when right-hander Bronson Arroyo -- one of the club’s top offseason targets -- chose the Arizona Diamondbacks over the Orioles. The two sides agreed...
  • Answering questions from Twitter about the Orioles

    Answering questions from Twitter about the Orioles
    One of the great things about my profession and social media -- Twitter, in particular -- is the immediacy with which writers can interact with readers. I’ll be stepping away from Twitter for a little bit before I head down to Florida in a few...
  • Jim Fregosi was one tough hombre

    Jim Fregosi was one tough hombre
    The sad news that former major league shortstop and manager Jim Fregosi passed away Friday morning after suffering multiple strokes during a baseball alumni cruise really hit home for this Southern California kid who grew up an Angels fan and would have...
  • Angelos won't pay for talent [Letter]

    Angelos won't pay for talent [Letter]
    I am dismayed that Mr. Angelos is claiming that "the Orioles are not in a position to compete on an economic level with baseball's big-revenue teams" ("Not affording a free-agent pitcher like Bronson Arroyo could cost the Orioles," Feb. 8). I guess...