The 2004 season saw the Boston Red Sox finally win a World Series title for the first time since 1918.
It was a long time coming, but when the Sox broke the curse it was one of the most memorable moments in their historic franchise. In 2007, the Sox won another World Series title. .
In no particular order, here are 10 great highlights from their recent trips to the postseason:
Please note that the statistics and player facts have been researched at MLB.com.
The 2004 Sweep of the Angels - The Sox got off to a great start in the '04 playoffs. Boston was the wild-card team and had to play in Anaheim. The Sox dominated the first two games as they won 9-3 in Game 1 and 8-3 in Game 2. The final game of the series was a bit closer and had a bit of foreshadowing for their next series when David Ortiz hit a walkoff home run in the bottom of the 10th to complete the sweep.
Dave Roberts Stolen Base in Game 4 of the ALCS - It was looking like the Sox were going to be defeated once again by the New York Yankees. Already being down three games in the series, Sox fans were sadly looking to next year. The Yankees took an early lead in Game 4, but the Sox came back. The Yankees moved ahead by one run in the top of the sixth. All hope seemed to be lost once Yankees closer Mariano Rivera came in the eighth inning to pitch two innings to close out the game. In the ninth inning, Rivera walked Kevin Millar -- which to all Sox fans became the start of one of the most memorable series in the team's history. Dave Roberts pinch-ran for Millar and stole second base, and Bill Mueller's single allowed Roberts to score, and tie the game.In extra innings, David Ortiz came up big once again and hit a walkoff home run.
Ortiz Game-Winning Single in Game 5 of the ALCS - Just like Game 4, David Ortiz came up big with the winning run to edge the Yankees 5-4. Ortiz hit another game-winning shot. This time it was a single that brought Johnny Damon home in the bottom of the 14th inning to force Game 6.
Curt Schilling's Bloody Sock Game - Whether it was blood or ketchup, Schilling's sock will be a memorable artifact in Boston's sports history. Schilling was injured in Game 1 but wanted to pitch to and do the unthinkable: force a Game 7. The Red Sox's medical staff worked on Schilling's ankle to allow him to keep pitching. The team seemed to rally around the bloody sock and eventually won the game that led to Game 7. In Game 7, Boston routed the Yankees 10-3. The Sox became the first MLB team to lose the first three games in the ALCS and then win the final four games in a seven-game series.
The 2004 Sweep of the Cardinals in the World Series - For many Sox fans, the team already played its World Series. The Sox defeated the Yankees in the ALCS -- and that will always be remembered as the turning point to "Reverse the Curse." People wondered if the Red Sox had anything left in their tank after an epic battle with the Yankees. That question was soon silenced as the Sox swept the Cardinals to win a World Series for the first time since 1918.
Déjà vu in the 2007 ALDS - Just like 2004, the Sox faced the Angels in ALDS. The only thing that was different was that Boston was the top seed and had home-field advantage. The Sox went on to sweep the Angels as they did three years prior.
Josh Beckett Lights Out in Game 5 of the 2007 ALCS - Josh Beckett made sure that the Cleveland Indians would have to play the Sox for another game in the series. Beckett struck out 11 batters, which tied his postseason record. The Sox won the game 7-1 and stopped the Indians' three-game winning streak. The Sox won the next two games to move on to the World Series.
JD Drew's Grand Slam in Game 6 of the 2007 ALCS - In the bottom of the first inning, the Sox loaded the bases. This looked to be a promising start for the Sox. Cleveland pitcher Fausto Carmona struck out two batters, and it looked like the Indians would have a chance to get out of the inning unscathed. That was until JD Drew stepped up to the plate. Drew launched a ball into the stands and gave the Sox an early 4-0 lead. His hit gave the Sox the momentum they needed to start the game off right, and they never looked back in a 12-2 win.
2007 World Series Records - Game 3 saw many World Series records be set by the Red Sox. The final score saw the Red Sox win 10-5. Beyond the score, there were a few milestones that were reached. According the MLB.com, one record saw rookies Jacoby Ellsbury and Dustin Pedroia score three runs and drive in four runs at the one and two positions in the lineup. This had never been done by rookies before in the World Series. Another record saw Daisuke Matsuzaka become the first Japanese pitcher to start and win a World Series game.
Jonathan Papelbon's Putting the 2007 World Series 2007 to a Close - Papelbon came up huge in Game 2 and Game 4 of the 2007 World Series against the Colorado Rockies. Along with Hideki Okajima, the two were a solid one-two punch to win Game 2. In Game 4, after Okajima gave up a two-run home run that brought Colorado within one run, Papelbon delivered another strong outing to close out Game 4, and the Sox ended up sweeping the Rockies in the 2007 World Series.
Growing up in New Hampshire, Art Eddy has been a fan of the Red Sox for many years.
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