Originally written on BlackSportsOnline  |  Last updated 5/20/13
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  The 2004 Boston Red Sox team achieved some special things that season. They made that historical and improbable comeback from a 3-0 deficit to the New York Yankees in the American League Championship Series, and then went on to win the team’s first title in 86 years when they beat the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series. The loose clubhouse atmosphere was a staple for that Red Sox team, led by the likes of slugger Manny Ramirez and legendary pitcher Pedro Martinez. And according to a story via Amanda Rykoff of Sports on Earth, Martinez says that the players went as far as to take shots during the playoffs, starting in the series against the Yankees when they were facing elimination. “We took a shot of Mama Juana every single game, before the game,” Martinez said in an interview conducted in the dugout of the AL legends team, for whom Martinez pitched in Saturday’s exhibition game. “We call it Mama Juana — it’s made of roots, with latin rum.” Martinez said that Ellis Burks, a p...
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