Red Sox Win World Series
The days of futility at Fenway are clearly over. The Red Sox have their second title in four years.
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Team of the century?
The century may be less than 10 years old. But for now, the Boston Red Sox can lay claim to that title.
The Red Sox completed a four game sweep of the Colorado Rockies to win the 2007 World Series, winning Game Four 4-3 at Coors Field in Denver.
The team with no championships for the last 81 years of the 20th century became the first to win two in the 21st.
“It doesn’t get old,” manager Terry Francona said in his post-game interview on Fox. “I’m so proud of our organization. This is a time when I want to watch our players enjoy what they did because what our organization has accomplished is so special.”
Mike Lowell was named the series Most Valuable Player, hitting .400 with a key home run in the last game where the Sox needed every run.
Lowell was asked on TV how this title compared to the one his 2003 Florida Marlins won.
“With the Marlins, no one expected us to do this and with the Red Sox people expect you to win,” he said, “and I think both are very satisfying.”
Just like in Game One, the Sox jumped to a first inning lead. Jacoby Ellsbury led off the game with a double and scored two batters later on a David Ortiz double.
Boston added another run in the fifth when Lowell led off with a double and Jason Varitek singled him home. Lowell’s leadoff homer in the seventh made it 3-0.
Colorado had baserunners in five of the first six innings, including two doubles with less than two out, but didn’t score until Brad Hawpe led off the bottom of the seventh with a homer. The Red Sox got that run back when Bobby Kielty hit a leadoff shot in the eighth in his only World Series at-bat.
For the second straight game, the Rockies got a big home run off Hideki Okajima late to pull within a run. With one out in the bottom of the eighth, Todd Helton got a single, then Garrett Atkins hit one into the left field seats to make it 4-3.
Unlike the last game, the Red Sox didn’t respond with any more runs. But Jonathan Papelbon didn’t need any more. The closer pitched a perfect ninth, with the only scare coming when Jamey Carroll hit a deep fly to left that Jacoby Ellsbury made a leaping catch of at the wall.
Seth Smith struck out to end the game, and Red Sox Nation could celebrate again after just a two year drought.
A far cry from what previous generations had to deal with.