“Game over, Series over and the Red Sox are World Champs again”! Joe Buck

Post season play returned to Fenway Park in 2007 and it involved yet another historic Red Sox comeback. This time it was the Cleveland Indians who fell victim to the Fenway magic.

Manny hits walk-off homer in Game II of the division series against the Angels.

After sweeping the Angels in the Division Series, CC Sabathia and the Indians came to Fenway to open the Series that would decide the American League Champ!

The Red Sox pounded Sabathia in game one on their way to a 10-3 win. The following night, the Fenway Faithful watched the Indians score seven times in the 11th inning to even the series and the action switched to Jacobs Field in Cleveland where the Indians took games three and four grabbing a commanding three games to one lead. Facing elimination, the Red Sox rode an 11 strike out performance by Josh Beckett to a 7-1 win and a trip home to Fenway.

In the bottom of the first inning, of game six, JD Drew stepped to the plate with two outs and the bases loaded. He ran the count to 3-1 and then…..

Blam! A Fausto Carmona fastball landed in the centerfield bleachers, the Red Sox were ahead 4-0 and hearts sank in Cleveland.

 The rout was on as the Red Sox added six in the third on their way to a 12-2 drubbing of the Tribe. It was now down to yet another winner take all game the next night and a Red Sox rookie pitcher from Japan would get the start.

Dice K was worthy of the task and with help from Hideki Okajima and Jonathan Papelbon he held the Indians to only two runs while Dustin Pedroia’s three hit five RBI night led the offense propelling the Red Sox to an 11-2 win and into their second World Series in four years; something which had not happened since Fenway Park opened her doors nearly a century before.

Their unlikely opponent in the World Series was the Colorado Rockies who won a phenomenal 21 of 22 games in a September stretch in which they captured the wild card. They then swept both the Phillies and the Diamondbacks and then awaited the outcome of the Red Sox, Cleveland series.

On October 24th Fenway Park was the sight of the opening of the Series.

 After Josh Beckett struck out the side in the top of the first inning, Dustin Pedroia led off for Boston.

And he took Jeff Francis’ second pitch over the left centerfield wall and deep into the Fenway night staking Beckett and the Red Sox to a 1-0 lead. They never looked back, as every Red Sox regular but Mike Lowell had an RBI in a 13-1 romp.

Hideki Okajima

Game two pitted Curt Schilling against Ubaldo Jimenez and this game was everything game one was not. Schilling, in what had been the Red Sox formula all year, got some help from Okajima and Papelbon beat Colorado 2-1 and the Red Sox headed to Colorado just two games away from winning another World Series.

In game three Jacoby Ellsbury’s 4-5 spurred the Red Sox to a 10-5 win in a game that saw the Sox jump ahead 6-0, the Rockies get to 6-5 before the Red Sox put it out of reach. One win now was all that separated the Red Sox from being champions of the world.

In, what was the best played game of the Series, the Boston Red Sox defeated the Colorado Rockies 4-3 in game four, completing their second sweep in four years and earning the title World Champs for the seventh time!

 Third baseman Mike Lowell was the Series MVP.

Manager Terry Francona became the first Red Sox manager to win two World Series since Bill Carrigan did it in 1915 and 1916. It also made him 8-0 in World Series games as Red Sox manager. That’s the most World Series game wins to start a managerial career in major league history, and the most wins without a loss over a manager’s career.

And the Fenway Faithful were pinching themselves, for the glory days of early Fenway Park had returned!

                   And so it was at this time in Fenway Park history October 2007,

                                                    World Championship time. 

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Hello and welcome, my name is Raymond Sinibaldi. An educator for more than two decades, a baseball fan for nearly 60 years, I have authored four books about baseball and her glorious history; with a fifth on the way in late spring of 2015; the first, The Babe in Red Stockings which was co-authored with Kerry Keene and David Hickey. It is a chronicle of Babe's days with the Red Sox. We also penned a screenplay about Babe's Red Sox days so if any of you are Hollywood inclined or would like to represent us in forwarding that effort feel free to contact me through my email. In 2012 we three amigos published Images of Fenway Park in honor of the 100th birthday of Fenway Park. That led to the creation of this blog. The following year, 2013 came my first solo venture, Spring Training in Bradenton and Sarasota. This is a pictorial history of spring training in those two Florida cities. The spring of 2014 brought forth the 1967 Red Sox, The Impossible Dream Season. The title speaks for itself and it also is a pictorial history. Many of the photos in this book were never published before. The spring of 2015 will bring 1975 Red Sox, American League Champions. Another pictorial effort, this will be about the Red Sox championship season of 1975 and the World Series that restored baseball in America. I was fortunate enough to consult with sculptor Franc Talarico on the “Jimmy Fund” statue of Ted Williams which stands outside both Fenway Park and Jet Blue Park Fenway South, in Fort Myers Florida. That story is contained in the near 300 posts which are contained herein. This blog has been dormant for awhile but 2015 will bring it back to life so jump on board, pass the word and feel free to contact me about anything you read or ideas you may have for a topic. Thanks for stopping by, poke around and enjoy. Autographed copies of all my books are available here, simply click on Raymond Sinibaldi and email me.
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3 Responses to “Game over, Series over and the Red Sox are World Champs again”! Joe Buck

  1. toosoxy says:

    What great memories! Thanks for the reminder!

  2. Okajima a Japanese hero!

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