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In addition, they won the American League pennant , but were not able to defend their World Series championship when the New York Giants refused to participate in the World Series.
Founded in as one of the American League's eight charter franchises, the Red Sox' home ballpark has been Fenway Park since The "Red Sox" name was chosen by the team owner, John I.
Taylor , circa , following the lead of previous teams that had been known as the " Boston Red Stockings ", including the forerunner of the Atlanta Braves.
The Red Sox were a dominant team in the new league, defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates in the first World Series in and winning four more championships by However, they then went into one of the longest championship droughts in baseball history, dubbed the " Curse of the Bambino " after its alleged inception due to the Red Sox' sale of Babe Ruth to the rival New York Yankees two years after their world championship in , an year wait before the team's sixth World Championship in The team's history during that period was punctuated with some of the most memorable moments in World Series history, including Enos Slaughter 's " mad dash " in , the " Impossible Dream " of , Carlton Fisk 's home run in , and Bill Buckner 's error in Following their victory in the World Series , they became the first team to win four World Series trophies in the 21st century, with championships in , , and The team's history has also been marked by the team's intense rivalry with the New York Yankees , arguably the fiercest and most historic in North American professional sports.
They are consistently one of the top MLB teams in average road attendance, while the small capacity of Fenway Park prevents them from leading in overall attendance.
The name Red Sox , chosen by owner John I. Taylor after the season, refers to the red hose in the team uniform beginning in Sox had been previously adopted for the Chicago White Sox by newspapers needing a headline-friendly form of Stockings , as "Stockings Win!
The team name "Red Sox" had previously been used as early as by a 'colored' team from Norfolk, Virginia.
The official Spanish site uses the variant "Los Red Sox". Managed by Harry Wright , Cincinnati adopted a uniform with white knickers and red stockings and earned the famous nickname, a year or two before hiring the first fully professional team in When the club folded after the season, Wright was hired by Boston businessman Ivers Whitney Adams  to organize a new team in Boston, and he did, bringing three teammates and the "Red Stockings" nickname along.
Most nicknames were then unofficial — neither club names nor registered trademarks — so the migration was informal. The Boston Red Stockings won four championships in the five seasons of the new National Association , the first professional league.
When a new Cincinnati club was formed as a charter member of the National League in , the "Red Stockings" nickname was commonly reserved for them once again, and the Boston team was referred to as the "Red Caps".
Other names were sometimes used before Boston officially adopted the nickname "Braves" in ; the club eventually left Boston for Milwaukee and is now playing in Atlanta, Georgia.
In , the upstart American League established a competing club in Boston. Originally, a team was supposed to be started in Buffalo, but league ownership at the last minute removed that city from their plans in favor of the expansion Boston franchise.
For seven seasons, the AL team wore dark blue stockings and had no official nickname. Their — jerseys, both home, and road, just read "Boston", except for when they sported large letters "B" and "A" denoting "Boston" and "American.
For years many sources have listed "Pilgrims" as the early Boston AL team's official nickname, but researcher Bill Nowlin has demonstrated that the name was barely used, if at all, during the team's early years.
John I. Taylor had said in December that the Pilgrims "sounded too much like homeless wanderers. The National League club in Boston, though seldom called the "Red Stockings" anymore, still wore red trim.
In , the National League club adopted an all-white uniform, and the American League team saw an opportunity.
On December 18, , Taylor announced that the club had officially adopted red as its new team color. The uniforms featured a large icon of a red stocking angling across the shirt front.
For , the National League club returned to wearing red trim, but the American League team finally had an official nickname, and remained the "Red Sox" for good.
Recently, media have begun to call them the "Sawx" casually, reflecting how the word is pronounced with a New England accent. However, most fans simply refer to the team as the "Sox" when the context is understood to mean Red Sox.
The entrance also figures in Robert B. Parker 's Spenser -and-baseball novel Mortal Stakes. In , the minor Western League, led by Ban Johnson , declared its equality with the National League , then the only major league in baseball.
Johnson changed the name of the league to the American League, leading teams in his league to be christened with the unofficial nickname "Americans".
This was especially true in the case of the new Boston franchise, which did not adopt an official nickname until The upstart league placed franchises in Baltimore, Maryland and Buffalo.
After looking at his new league, Ban Johnson decided that he needed a team in Boston to compete with the National League team there, and so cancelled the Buffalo club's franchise, offering one to a new club in Boston.
The Boston franchise was purchased in by Milwaukee publisher, George Brumder who sold the team one year later.
In , Boston participated in the first modern World Series , going up against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Aided by the modified chants of " Tessie " by the Royal Rooters fan club and by its stronger pitching staff, the Americans managed to overcome the odds, and win the best-of-nine series five games to three.
The club was almost as good as the previous team, but due to the surprise emergence of the New York Highlanders , the Boston club found itself in a tight pennant race through the last games of the season.
A predecessor to what became a storied rivalry, this race featured such controversial moves as the trade of Patsy Dougherty to the Highlanders for Bob Unglaub.
The climax of the season occurred on the last, dramatic doubleheader at the Highlanders' home stadium, Hilltop Park.
In order to win the pennant, the Highlanders needed to win both games. With Jack Chesbro , the Highlanders' game winner, on the mound, and the score tied 2—2 with a man on third in the top of the ninth, a spitball got away from Chesbro and Lou Criger scored the go-ahead run on one of the most famous wild pitches in history.
The NL champion New York Giants declined to play any postseason series , fearing it would give their New York rivals credibility they had expected the Highlanders to win , but a sharp public reaction led the two leagues immediately to make the World Series a permanent championship, starting in These successful times soon ended, however, as Boston lost games in However, several new star players helped the newly renamed Red Sox improve almost immediately.
By , center fielder Tris Speaker had become a fixture in the Boston outfield, and the team worked their way to third place. However, the Red Sox did not win the pennant again until their win season.
From to the Red Sox were owned by Joseph Lannin , who signed Babe Ruth , soon the best-known and one of the best players ever.
Another wins in propelled the Red Sox to the World Series , where they beat the Philadelphia Phillies four games to one. Following the season, Tris Speaker was traded to the Cleveland Indians.
His departure was more than compensated for, however, by the emergence of star pitcher Babe Ruth. A couple of notable trades involving Harry Frazee and the Yankees occurred before the Babe Ruth sale.
On December 18, , outstanding outfielder Duffy Lewis , pitcher Dutch Leonard who had posted a modern record 0. On December 26, ,  Frazee sold Babe Ruth, who had played the previous six seasons for the Red Sox, to the rival New York Yankees Ruth had just broken the single-season home run record, hitting 29 in My Lady Friends had, indeed, been financed by the Ruth sale to the Yankees.
Although Frazee owned the Boston Red Sox franchise, he did not own Fenway Park it was owned by the Fenway Park Trust , making his ownership a precarious one; Johnson could move another team into the ballpark.
His club was in debt, but Frazee felt the need to purchase its playing site which he did in Further, providing the Yankees with a box office attraction would help that mediocre club, which had sided with him against Johnson and "the Loyal Five" clubs.
Frazee moved Ruth to stabilize Red Sox finances and cut distractions. It was a straight sale, no players in return.
New York achieved great success after acquiring Ruth and several other very good players. After deciding to get out of baseball, Frazee began selling many of his star players.
Acquiring Dugan helped the Yankees edge the St. Louis Browns in a tight pennant race, and the resulting uproar helped create a June 15 trading deadline that went into effect the next year.
The loss of so much talent sent the Red Sox into free fall, even with the money Frazee earned from the trades.
During the s and early s, they were fixtures in the second division, never finishing closer than 20 games out of first.
The losses only mounted when Frazee sold the team to Bob Quinn in During an eight-year period from to , the Red Sox averaged over losses per season, bottoming out in with a record of 43—, still the worst record in franchise history.
One of the few bright spots on these teams was Earl Webb , who set the all-time mark for most doubles in a season in with The BoSox' fortunes began to change in when Tom Yawkey bought the team.
Yawkey acquired pitcher Wes Ferrell and one of the greatest pitchers of all-time, Lefty Grove , making his team competitive once again in the late thirties.
He also acquired Joe Cronin , an outstanding shortstop and manager and slugging first baseman Jimmie Foxx whose 50 home runs in stood as a club record for 68 years.
Foxx also drove in a club record runs. The right-field bullpens in Fenway were built in part for Williams' left-handed swing, and are sometimes called "Williamsburg.
His book The Science of Hitting is widely read by students of baseball. He is currently the last player to hit over. Louis Cardinals in seven games in part because of the use of the "Williams Shift", a defensive tactic in which the shortstop moves to the right side of the infield to make it harder for the left-handed-hitting Williams to hit to that side of the field.
Some have claimed that he was too proud to hit to the other side of the field, not wanting to let the Cardinals take away his game.
His performance may have also been affected by a pitch he took in the elbow in an exhibition game a few days earlier.
Either way, in his only World Series, Williams gathered just five singles in 25 at-bats for a. The Cardinals won the Series when Enos Slaughter scored the go-ahead run all the way from first base on a base hit to left field.
The throw from Leon Culberson was cut off by shortstop Johnny Pesky , who relayed the ball to the plate just a hair too late.
Some say Pesky hesitated or "held the ball" before he turned to throw the ball, but this has been disputed. The Red Sox narrowly lost the AL pennant in and In , Boston finished in a tie with Cleveland , and their loss to Cleveland in a one-game playoff ended hopes of an all-Boston World Series.
Curiously, manager Joseph McCarthy chose journeyman Denny Galehouse to start the playoff game when the young lefty phenom Mel Parnell was available to pitch.
In , the Red Sox were one game ahead of the New York Yankees , with the only two games left for both teams being against each other, and they lost both of those games.
The s were viewed as a time of tribulation for the Red Sox. After Williams returned from the Korean War in , many of the best players from the late s had retired or been traded.
Willie Mays also tried out for Boston and was highly praised by team scouts. In , Frank Malzone debuted at third base and Ted Williams hit.
Williams retired at the end of the season , famously hitting a home run in his final at-bat as memorialized in the John Updike story "Hub fans bid Kid adieu.
The s also started poorly for the Red Sox, though saw the debut of Carl "Yaz" Yastrzemski , Williams' replacement in left field, who developed into one of the better hitters of a pitching-rich decade.
Red Sox fans know as the season of the "Impossible Dream. The BoSox had finished the season in ninth place, but they found new life with Yastrzemski as the team won the pennant to reach the World Series.
Yastrzemski won the American League Triple Crown the most recent player to accomplish such a feat until Miguel Cabrera did so in , hitting.
Louis Cardinals in seven games. Cardinals pitcher Bob Gibson stymied the Red Sox, winning three games. An year-old Bostonian rookie named Tony Conigliaro slugged 24 home runs in He was struck just above the left cheek bone by a fastball thrown by Jack Hamilton of the California Angels on Friday, August 18, and sat out the entire next season with headaches and blurred vision.
Although he did have a productive season in , he was never the same. Although the Red Sox were competitive for much of the late s and early s, they never finished higher than second place in their division.
The closest they came to a divisional title was , when they lost by a half-game to the Detroit Tigers. The start of the season was delayed by a players' strike, and the Red Sox had lost one more game to the strike than the Tigers had.
Games lost to the strike were not made up. The Red Sox went to Detroit with a half-game lead for the final series of the season, but lost the first two of those three and were eliminated from the pennant race.
The Red Sox won the AL pennant in Fred Lynn won both the American League Rookie of the Year award and the Most Valuable Player award, a feat which had never previously been accomplished, and was not duplicated until Ichiro Suzuki did it in Luis Tiant won games 1 and 4 of the World Series but after five games, the Red Sox trailed the series 3 games to 2.
Game 6 at Fenway Park is considered among the greatest games in postseason history. Down 6—3 in the bottom of the eighth inning, Red Sox pinch hitter Bernie Carbo hit a three-run homer into the center field bleachers off Reds fireman Rawly Eastwick to tie the game.
In the top of the 11th inning, right fielder Dwight Evans made a spectacular catch of a Joe Morgan line drive and doubled off Ken Griffey at first base to preserve the tie.
In the bottom of the 12th inning, Carlton Fisk hit a deep fly ball which sliced towards the left field foul pole above the Green Monster.
As the ball sailed into the night, Fisk waved his arms frantically towards fair territory, seemingly pleading with the ball not to go foul.
The ball complied, and bedlam ensued at Fenway as Fisk rounded the bases to win the game for the Red Sox 7—6. The Red Sox lost game 7, 4—3 even though they had an early 3—0 lead.
The Reds scored the winning run in the 9th inning. Carlton Fisk said famously about the World Series, "We won that thing 3 games to 4.
In , the Red Sox and the Yankees were involved in a tight pennant race. The most remembered moment from the game was Bucky Dent 's 7th inning three-run home run in off Mike Torrez just over the Green Monster, giving the Yankees their first lead.
Carl Yastrzemski retired after the season, during which the Red Sox finished sixth in the seven-team AL East, posting their worst record since However, in , it appeared that the team's fortunes were about to change.
Roger Clemens led the pitching staff, going 24—4 with a 2. Clemens became the first starting pitcher to win both awards since Vida Blue in The teams split the first two games in Boston, but the Angels won the next two home games, taking a 3—1 lead in the series.
With the Angels poised to win the series, the Red Sox trailed 5—2 heading into the ninth inning of Game 5. A two-run homer by Baylor cut the lead to one.
With two outs and a runner on, and one strike away from elimination, Dave Henderson homered off Donnie Moore to put Boston up 6—5.
Although the Angels tied the game in the bottom of the ninth, the Red Sox won in the 11th on a Henderson sacrifice fly off Moore.
Boston won the first two games in Shea Stadium but lost the next two at Fenway, knotting the series at 2 games apiece.
After Bruce Hurst recorded his second victory of the series in Game 5, the Red Sox returned to Shea Stadium looking to garner their first championship in 68 years.
However, Game 6 became one of the most devastating losses in club history. After pitching seven strong innings, Clemens was lifted from the game with a 3—2 lead.
Years later, Manager John McNamara said Clemens was suffering from a blister and asked to be taken out of the game, a claim Clemens denied.
The game went to extra innings, where the Red Sox took a 5—3 lead in the top of the 10th on a solo home run by Henderson, a double by Boggs and an RBI single by second baseman Marty Barrett.
A message even appeared briefly on the Shea Stadium scoreboard congratulating the Red Sox as world champions. After so many years of abject frustration, Red Sox fans around the world could taste victory.
With the count at two balls and one strike, Mets catcher Gary Carter hit a single. It was followed by singles by Kevin Mitchell and Ray Knight.
With Mookie Wilson batting, a wild pitch by Bob Stanley tied the game at 5. Wilson then hit a slow ground ball to first; the ball rolled through Bill Buckner 's legs, allowing Knight to score the winning run from second.
While Buckner was singled out as responsible for the loss, many observers—as well as both Wilson and Buckner—have noted that even if Buckner had fielded the ball cleanly, the speedy Wilson probably would have still been safe, leaving the game-winning run at third with two out.
Many observers questioned why Buckner was in the game at that point considering he had bad knees and that Dave Stapleton had come in as a late-inning defensive replacement in prior series games.
It appeared as though McNamara was trying to reward Buckner for his long and illustrious career by leaving him in the game.
After falling behind 3—0, the Mets then won Game 7, concluding the devastating collapse and feeding the myth that the Red Sox were "cursed.
The Red Sox returned to the postseason in With the club in fourth place midway through the season at the All-Star break, manager John McNamara was fired and replaced by Walpole resident and longtime minor-league manager Joe Morgan on July The club immediately won 12 games in a row, and 19 of 20 overall, to surge to the AL East title in what was called Morgan Magic.
In , Yankees fans started to chant "! Red Sox fans felt retribution to Dent being fired on their field, but the Yankees used him as a scapegoat.
But it happened in Boston and the nightly news had its hook. Tom Yawkey died in , and his wife Jean R. Yawkey took control of the team until her death in Their initials are shown in two stripes on the left field wall in Morse code.
The trust sold the team in , concluding 70 years of Yawkey ownership. Duquette revived the team's farm system , which during his tenure produced players such as Nomar Garciaparra , Carl Pavano and David Eckstein.
Their postseason losing streak reached 13 straight games, dating back to the World Series. Roger Clemens tied his major league record by fanning 20 Detroit Tigers on September 18, in one of his final appearances in a Red Sox uniform.
After Clemens had turned 30 and then had four seasons, —96, which were by his standards mediocre at best, Duquette said the pitcher was entering "the twilight of his career".
Out of contention in , the team traded closer Heathcliff Slocumb to Seattle for catching prospect Jason Varitek and right-handed pitcher Derek Lowe.
In , Duquette called Fenway Park "economically obsolete" and, along with Red Sox ownership, led a push for a new stadium.
On the field, the Red Sox were finally able to overturn their fortunes against the Indians. Game 4's 23—7 win by the Red Sox was the highest-scoring playoff game in major league history.
The one bright spot was a lopsided win for the Red Sox in the much-hyped Martinez-Clemens game. A week later, manager Joe Kerrigan was fired and was replaced by Grady Little.
While nearly all offseason moves were made under Duquette, such as signing outfielder Johnny Damon away from the Oakland Athletics , the new ownership made additions such as outfielder Cliff Floyd and relief pitcher Alan Embree.
Derek Lowe, newly converted into a starter, won 20 games—becoming the first player to save 20 games and win 20 games in back-to-back seasons.
Epstein, raised in Brookline, Massachusetts , and just 28 at the time of his hiring, became the youngest general manager in MLB history.
The team was known as the "Cowboy Up" team, a nickname derived from first baseman Kevin Millar 's challenge to his teammates to show more determination.
Derek Lowe returned to his former relief pitching role to save Game 5, a 4—3 victory. The Red Sox could not score off Mariano Rivera over the last three innings and eventually lost the game 6—5 when Yankee third baseman Aaron Boone hit a solo home run off of Tim Wakefield.
Others credited Little with the team's successful season and dramatic come-from-behind victory in the ALDS. Due to some midseason struggles with injuries, management shook up the team at the July 31 trading deadline as part of a four-team trade.
Following the trades, the club won 22 out of 25 games and qualified for the playoffs as the AL Wild Card. Players and fans affectionately referred to the players as "the Idiots", a term coined by Damon and Millar during the playoff push to describe the team's eclectic roster and devil-may-care attitude toward their supposed "curse.
In the third game of the series, David Ortiz hit a walk-off two-run homer in the 10th inning to win the game and the series to advance to a rematch of the previous year's ALCS in the ALCS against the Yankees.
The ALCS started very poorly for the Red Sox, as they lost the first three games including a crushing 19—8 home loss in game 3.
In Game 4, the Red Sox found themselves facing elimination, trailing 4—3 in the ninth with Mariano Rivera in to close for the Yankees.
After Rivera issued a walk to Millar, Roberts came on to pinch run and promptly stole second base. The Red Sox went on to win the game 6—4 on a two-run home run by Ortiz in the 12th inning.
The odds were still very much against the Sox in the series, but Ortiz also made the walk-off hit in the 14th inning of Game 5.
The comeback continued with a victory from an injured Schilling in Game 6. Three sutures being used to stabilize the tendon in Schilling's right ankle bled throughout the game, famously making his sock appear bloody red.
With it, Boston became the first team in MLB history to force a series deciding Game 7 after trailing 3—0 in games. The Red Sox completed their historic comeback in Game 7 with a 10—3 victory over the Yankees.
Ortiz began the scoring with a two-run homer. The Red Sox joined the Toronto Maple Leafs and New York Islanders as the only North American professional sports teams in history at the time to win a best-of-seven games series after being down 3—0.
The Red Sox swept the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series. The Red Sox never trailed throughout the series; Mark Bellhorn hit a game-winning home run off Pesky's Pole in game 1, and Schilling pitched another bloodied-sock victory in game 2, followed by similarly masterful pitching performances by Martinez and Derek Lowe.
It was the Red Sox' first championship in 86 years. To add a final, surreal touch to Boston's championship season, on the night of Game 4 a total lunar eclipse colored the moon red over Busch Stadium.
The Red Sox earned many accolades from the sports media and throughout the nation for their season, such as in December, when Sports Illustrated named the Boston Red Sox the Sportsmen of the Year.
The AL East was decided on the last weekend of the season, with the Yankees coming to Fenway Park with a one-game lead in the standings. The Red Sox won two of the three games to finish the season with the same record as the Yankees, 95— However, a playoff was not needed, as the loser of such a playoff would still make the playoffs as a wild card team.
As the Yankees had won the season series, they were awarded the division title, and the Red Sox competed in the playoffs as the wild card team.
Boston failed to defend their championship, and was swept in three games by the eventual World Series champion Chicago White Sox in the first round of the playoffs.
However, Boston failed to make the playoffs after compiling a 9—21 record in the month of August due to several injuries in club's roster.
Theo Epstein's first step toward restocking the team for was to pursue one of the most anticipated acquisitions in baseball history.
Initially, rookie second baseman Dustin Pedroia under-performed, hitting below. Manager Terry Francona refused to bench him and his patience paid off as Pedroia eventually won the AL Rookie of the Year Award for his performance that season, which included hits and a.
Okajima finished the season with a 2. Minor league call-up Clay Buchholz provided a spark on September 1 by pitching a no-hitter in his second career start.
Facing the Cleveland Indians in the ALCS , the Red Sox fell in games 2, 3, and 4 before Beckett picked up his second victory of the series in game 5, starting a comeback.
The Red Sox captured their twelfth American League pennant by outscoring the Indians 30—5 over the final three games. Down the stretch, outfielder Manny Ramirez became embroiled in controversy surrounding public incidents with fellow players and other team employees, as well as criticism of ownership and not playing, which some claimed was due to laziness and nonexistent injuries.
The front office decided to move the disgruntled outfielder at the July 31 trade deadline, shipping him to the Dodgers in a three-way deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates that landed them Jason Bay to replace him in left field.
Down three games to one in the 5th game of the ALCS, Boston mounted a comeback from trailing 7—0 in the 7th inning to win 8—7. In they placed third in the division and failed to make the playoffs.
In the Red Sox collapsed , becoming the first team in MLB history to blow a 9-game lead in the division heading into September, as they went 7—20 in the final month and failed again to make the playoffs.
In December , Bobby Valentine was hired as a new manager. The season marked the centennial of Fenway Park , and on April 20, past and present Red Sox players and coaches assembled to celebrate the park's anniversary.
However, the collapse that they endured in September carried over into the season. The Red Sox struggled throughout the season due to injuries, inconsistent play, and off-field news.
They finished 69—93 for their first losing season since , and their worst season since Boston, which finished last in the American League East with a 69—93 record in —26 games behind the Yankees , became the 11th team in major league history to go from worst in the division to first the next season when it clinched the A.
East division title on September 20, As a former member of the staff, he had the respect of influential players such as Lester, Pedroia, and Ortiz.
While some questioned these players as "re-treads", it was clear that Cherington was trying to move past — by bringing in "clubhouse players".
Essential to the turnaround, however, was the pitching staff. With ace veteran John Lackey coming off Tommy John surgery and both Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz returning to their prior form, this allowed the team to rely less on their bullpen.
Everything seemed in danger of collapsing, however, when both closers , Joel Hanrahan and Andrew Bailey , went down early with season-ending injuries.
Farrell gave the closing job to Koji Uehara on June 21 who delivered with a 1. Louis Cardinals for the best record in baseball.
Louis Cardinals in the World Series , four games to two. The Red Sox'. Throughout the season, the Red Sox players and organization formed a close association with the city of Boston and its people in relation to the Boston Marathon bombing that occurred on April 15, On April 20, the day after the alleged bombers were captured, David Ortiz gave a pre-game speech following a ceremony honoring the victims and the local law enforcement, in which he stated, "This is our fucking city!
And nobody is going to dictate our freedom! Stay strong! The team also hung up in the dugout a custom jersey that read "Boston Strong" with the number , representing the city of Boston's area code.
On many occasions during the season, victims of the attack and law enforcement involved were given the honor of throwing the ceremonial first pitch.
Following their victory in the World Series, the first one clinched at home in Fenway Park since , Red Sox players Jonny Gomes and Jarrod Saltalamacchia performed a ceremony during the team's traditional duck boat victory parade , in which they placed the World Series trophy and the custom jersey on the Boston Marathon finish line on Boylston Street , followed by a moment of silence and a singing of God Bless America.
This ceremony helped the city "reclaim" its spirit that was lost after the bombing. Following the championship, the team finished last in the AL East during with a record of 71—91, and again in with a record of 78— On September 12, , David Ortiz hit his th career home run off Matt Moore in Tropicana Field becoming the 27th player in MLB history to achieve that prestigious milestone; in November , Ortiz announced that the season was to be his last.
Rookie Andrew Benintendi established himself in the Red Sox' outfield, and Steven Wright emerged as one of the year's biggest surprises.
The Red Sox grabbed the lead in the AL East early and held on to it throughout the year, which included many teams honoring Ortiz throughout the season.
Despite the success, the team lost five of their last six games of the regular season and were swept in the ALDS by the eventual American League Champion Cleveland Indians.
The team went 5—5 in their last ten regular season games and were eliminated by the Houston Astros in the ALDS in four games. The Red Sox finished with a — Martinez , Chris Sale , and Craig Kimbrel.
Betts led baseball in batting average and slugging percentage, while Martinez led in runs batted in. Sale tossed only innings due to a shoulder injury late in the year, but was otherwise superb, posting a 2.
Kimbrel saved 42 games and struck out 96 batters. The Red Sox entered the postseason as the top seed in the American League , and defeated the Yankees in four games in the Division Series.
The team's motto during the season, "do damage",  became "damage done" upon their victory. Despite retaining most players from the championship team, the Red Sox won 24 fewer games, finishing third in the division and missing the playoffs for the first time since On January 7, it was reported in The Athletic that the Red Sox had used their video replay room to steal signs during their season.
In April, MLB's investigation into sign-stealing resulted in a finding of improper actions by the team's replay operator, who as a result was suspended for the season including postseason and the team forfeited their second-round selection in the MLB draft.
The franchise's first spring training was held in Charlottesville, Virginia , in , when the team was known as the Boston Americans.
In October , the Lee County, Florida , Board of Commissioners approved an agreement with the Red Sox to build a new spring training facility for the team.
In November , the Red Sox signed an agreement with Lee County intended to keep their spring training home in the Fort Myers area for 30 more years.
JetBlue Park opened in March Included in the wall is a restored version of the manual scoreboard that was housed at Fenway for almost 30 years, beginning in the s.
The unofficial beginning of the spring training season for the Red Sox is Truck Day, the day a tractor-trailer filled with equipment leaves Fenway Park bound for the team's spring training facility in Florida.
The Yankees—Red Sox rivalry is one of the oldest, most famous and fiercest rivalries in professional sports. The rivalry is often a heated subject of conversation in the Northeastern United States.
In addition, the teams have twice met in the last regular-season series of a season to decide the league title, in when the Red Sox won and when the Yankees won.
It never gets old. Robinson Leyer picks up the first strikeout of his career in his MLB debut, as he gets Marcell Ozuna to go down swinging.
Alex Verdugo puts together a strong performance at the plate, ripping three doubles and scoring two runs against the Braves.
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