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...
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.
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Michael McCarthy’s nickname is Google, and for good reason. Yes, he’s a crack baseball player, a right-hand pitcher for the minor league team, the Salem Red Sox. But he’s also a good student who earned a bachelor of science degree in...
In minor league baseball, it was game 2 between the Hillcats and the Red Sox. You couldn't ask for a better start to the game than this. Michael McCarthy strikes out the side in the top of the first. He got his first win of the year, going five...
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Boston Red Sox pitchers Gerson Bautista and Miguel Pena have been suspended for 50 games each following positive tests under baseball's minor league drug prevention and treatment program. Pena, a 22-year-old left-hander, had a second positive test for...
The Salem Red Sox aren't monkeying around. They're serious about Friday and Saturday's entertainment. It's a monkey rodeo put on by Team Ghost Rider. The 'monkey rodeo' is just what it sounds like. It's a monkey dressed as a cowboy sitting in a saddle...
ReporterA local man is going from the Salem Red Sox to the Boston Red Sox. Travis Jenkins is Salem's public address announcer and he's lending his talents to Fenway park. "I never would have dreamed that I'd be doing this," says Jenkins. He jokes that he...
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August 15 Goodbye They say all good things must come to an end. With that, I'm leaving WDBJ and the news business. I've accepted a position as the community relations coordinator for Roanoke City Schools. There are several reasons why I'm switching...
Weekend Sports AnchorTwo members of the Salem Red Sox were part of Major League Baseball's All-Star festivities. Xander Bogaerts and Matt Barnes played in the Futures Game on Sunday night. Bogaerts, a shortstop, was part of the World Team. He was the designated hitter and...
Sports ReporterIt has been an exciting week in the life of former Virginia baseball star Danny Hultzen. The lefty was the North Division's starting pitcher in Tuesday's Southern League All-Star Game. On Wednesday he was promoted from Double-A Jackson to Triple-A...
Sports ReporterTravis Shaw is in his first season as the first baseman in Salem. But the Carolina League All-Star has quickly become a fixture in the heart of the Red Sox lineup. "I couldn't have asked for a better start," the 22-year-old said. "I'm just looking to...
Sports ReporterThree key members of Virginia's baseball program were drafted on day two of the 2012 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft. Branden Kline, the Cavaliers' ace this season, was picked by the Baltimore Orioles in round two, 65th overall. He is from...
ReporterThe minor league Salem Red Sox versus the Carolina Mudcats took place today in Salem. But before the team took to the field for this evening's matchup, they spent time inspiring kids with special needs. The Salem Red Sox Challenger baseball clinic is a...
The Carolina League on Monday announced the rosters for next Tuesday's All-Star Game against the California League's best. Salem's talented lineup boasts a league-high three position players in the starting group. Boston's top draft pick from a year ago,...
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