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Last night, the Red Sox put an exclamation point on their unthinkable comeback, winning the AL East just one year after schlepping through the ********* season of my lifetime.
When the dust cleared last September, my only hope for the 2013 team was that they’d remember to put their pants on before taking the field; that’s what the Bobby Valentine Era reduced me to. But just a few hours ago, the players were chugging champagne and cheap beer, high-fiving and grab-assing in a manner I thought I might never see again after the implosions and squabbling of the past couple seasons.
It’s a testament to ownership’s decisions to mix things up, jettison the likes of Beckett, Gonzo and Crawford, bring in a group of 2004-esque knuckleheads, and put John Farrell at the helm. In May, I was wondering if this team could ever re-stabilize itself. Now my only question is how far they’re gonna go. 100 wins? AL champs? Their third World Series title in less than 10 years?
I joke about this season being an embarrassment of riches. But it has been. Just look at the pitching. Lester has returned to form. Buchholz is operating at almost super-human levels. Lackey — comeback player of the year in my book — is literally a man reborn. Koji Uehara has been a revelation, seemingly conjured from thin air. And Peavy–christ, was there anything cooler than watching him cavorting with his (relatively) new teammates during the post-game celebrations? If he was still in Chicago, he’d be tuning up his cross-country skis this weekend. Instead, he’s making a push for the World Series.
There’s so much more to talk about but the beer has rendered me useless and the awesome of this team is almost too big to digest right now. I hope they go all the way. But they’ve already given me more than my money’s worth.
Congrats to the 2013 AL East champs!
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The Red Sox announced before Friday nights game that ailing center fielder, Jacoby Ellsbury, has resumed baseball activities. Boston's manager, John Farrell, acknowledged that the 29 year old took swings off a tee and began throwing again. Although Farrell and the Red Sox medical staff did not give a time table for Ellsbury's return, both did say that they was confident that...
The Red Sox won their 94th game of the season Friday. While impressive, that number pales in comparison to the number of high fives that Koji Uehara has dished out in 2013.
Uehara has slapped hands with anybody and everybody during his incredible run as Boston’s closer. Sometimes, he even catches his teammates off guard with his enthusiasm. (Just ask Shane Victorino.)
BOSTON — You probably didn’t need any more proof that this year’s Red Sox team is a loose bunch. But David Ortiz showed just how relaxed they are prior to Thursday’s series finale against the Orioles.
Ortiz barged into John Farrell‘s pregame news conference Thursday and started complaining about the scorekeeper — just as he did during one of Terry Francona‘s pregame...
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The Red Sox made it official Friday. Boston has gone from worst to first.
The Red Sox, who went 69-93 while finishing in last place in 2012, clinched their first American League East title since 2007 with a 6-3 victory over the Blue Jays on Friday night at Fenway Park. Jon Lester went seven strong innings, and Koji Uehara recorded a five-out save to nail down the win.
(Getty Images)Clay Buchholz lost for the first time this year and the Red Sox found their best record position in serious trouble in a 4-2 loss to Toronto on Saturday. Buchholz—who started the season 9-0—fell to 11-1 with a 6-inning performance in which he gave up just two earned runs. Most of the damage was done with two outs and nobody on in the fourth—when the Jays crossed...
(Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)John Lackey was about as good as he's been all year—no-hitting the Orioles for 6 1/3 innings in tonight's 3-1 Red Sox win. The right-hander secured a complete game win giving up just two hits, and striking out eight. Both the no-no and the shutout were ended with a mammoth homerun off the bat of Adam Jones in the seventh. Boston started...
The Red Sox hosted “Dollar Beard Night” on Wednesday, and gave out $1 tickets to the first 4,000 fans who showed up with a real or fake beard on. The promotion was in honor of the 2013 Red Sox’ dedication to their unique facial hair.
TV personality Halley O’Brien braved the beards of Yawkey Way on Wednesday, and encountered some of Boston’s most dedicated beard-wearers...
All right, let’s try this again.
The Red Sox will have another chance to punch their ticket to the postseason Thursday night as they wrap up a three-game series with Baltimore. Because the Indians lost to Kansas City on Tuesday, the Sox now need just one win to clinch a playoff spot.
With a pair of their usual starters — Jacoby Ellsbury and Shane Victorino –nursing injuries...
The 2013 Red Sox have done what so many thought was impossible to do in today’s era of baseball.
No big stars, just a bunch of scrappy players pieced together, with some ace pitchers and a manager who some have said overachieved.
The Red Sox are going back to the post season for the first time since 2009. Their Thursday night win over the Orioles led them to clinch a playoff...
Listen, I love what John Lackey has done for the Red Sox this year, but did you see him after the game? What a goofball. Other than characters in some eighties valley girl B-movie, who says “fer sher?” But whatever. I can’t believe I’m about to say this – that dude can pitch!
The Lackster pitched a complete game two-hitter, allowing just one measly run. Throw in eight...
Blue Jay WayWhat better opponent to clinch the division against than the Toronto Blue Jays—they of the 70 wins and last place in the American League East? They are 2013's 'Team OverHype', picked by many to be at the top of the division. They are the 'Anti-BenCher' front office—doing a reverse salary dump with the Miami Marlins that netted them over-paid, under...
BEER ME! The Red Sox are the 2013 American League East Division Champions! (Stuart Cahill/Boston Herald)
ALL TOGETHER NOW! WHO LOVES THAT DIRTY WATER?
Affix those champagne goggles. Brace yourself for the bear hug. We’re BACK!!
For the first time since 2007, your Boston Red Sox are the American League East Division CHAMPIONS!
5:02 p.m.: John Farrell said Friday that Ryan Dempster will pitch out of the bullpen for the remainder of the season.
4:58 p.m.: Jacoby Ellsbury took part in baseball activities Friday for the first time since being diagnosed with a navicular bone fracture in his right foot. He threw and hit off a tee, which is an encouraging sign. There’s still no timetable for Ellsbury’s return...
First Pitch: Friday 7:10, Saturday 7:10, Sunday 1:35
Arms: Friday: Esmil Rogers, RHP (5-7, 4.47 ERA) vs. Jon Lester, LHP (14-8, 3.75 ERA)
Saturday: Mark Buehrle, LHP (11-9, 4.17 ERA) vs. Clay Buchholz, RHP (11-0, 1.51 ERA)
Sunday: R.A. Dickey, RHP (13-12, 4.21 ERA) vs. Felix Doubront, LHP (10-6, 4.15 ERA)