Written on November 2nd, 2013 by Daniel Johnson Baseball Comments
By Daniel Johnson: Boston, do you remember the Curse of the Bambino? The 85 years of suffering and futility Boston? Johnny Pesky holding the ball as Enos Slaughter scored the winning run in the seventh game of the 1946 World Series. Ken Griffey Sr scoring the winning run in the seventh game of the 1975 World Series. Bill Buckner’s error in the 1986 World Series.
Bucky “Bleeping” Dent from the 1978 one game playoff versus the Yankees. Aaron “Bleeping” Boone in game seven of the ALCS twenty-five years later. Do you remember Fenway greats like Jim Rice, Dwight Evans, Ted Williams, and Carl Yastrzemski all retiring with records, MVPs, and all star seasons, but no ring. Do you remember?
Yeah, me neither. Clearly the Red Soxs have forgotten their role as the Charlie Brown to the Yankees’ Lucy van Pelt, winning their third World Series in the past decade. However, this Red Soxs World Series win was more unique and distinct then the two wins in 2004 and 2007.
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Written on November 1st, 2013 by Niles Pender Baseball Comments
By Niles Pender: The Boston Red Sox defeated the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night to win their third World Series title in the last decade. It was the first time since 1918 that Boston had clinched the title at Fenway Park. As fans celebrate the victory, let’s take a look at what Boston had to do to win the title.
Game 1-Boston Defeats St. Louis 8-1
The opener was completely dominated by the Red Sox. A Mike Napoli double in the first inning scored three runs and that was all Jon Lester would need. Lester would go 7.2 innings without giving up a run. St. Louis would only muster a single run in the ninth inning when the game was already out of reach.
Game 2-St. Louis Defeats Boston 4-2
St. Louis would bounce back in the second game of the series behind a strong pitching performance by Michael Wacha. He went six innings and picked up the win. St. Louis would score three runs in the sixth inning due to poor fielding on the part of the Red Sox.
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Written on October 23rd, 2013 by Daniel Johnson Baseball Comments
By Daniel Johnson: Can Major League Baseball have a better World Series match-up then these two teams? The two greatest baseball cities Boston and St. Louis, with the most loyal fan bases.
Both teams had the best records in their leagues. Both teams have won two World Series over the past decades. Both teams made me look as reliable as Miss Cleo by beating my World Series match ups in the last round (Thank LA and Detroit). Also, both teams can win this series.
The impressive element that the St.Louis offense has is at the DH. Last year, the San Francisco Giants used Hector Sanchez and Ryan Theriot as their DHs. In St.Louis’ case, they have Allan Craig when playing at Fenway.
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Written on October 12th, 2013 by Dale Money Baseball Comments
By Dale Money: The ALCS matchup is officially set, as the Detroit Tigers eliminated the Oakland A’s on Thursday night thanks inpart to Justin Verlander who threw out a dominating performance and will now meet up with the Boston Red Sox for a chance to play in the World Series.
Detroit won the season series with Boston, 4-3, but the Red Sox outscored the Tigers 43-35. The Tigers took three out of four games from the Red Sox in June, while the Red Sox won two of three in that September series.
Boston ended the year 97-65, leading the club to its first AL East title since their World Series championship season of 2007.The 97 wins were also the second most for the team since 1978.
Boston’s regular season excellence carried over to the postseason, as it needed only four games to bounce the wild card-winning Tampa Bay Rays
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