1967 – The Impossible Dream
The year before, the Red Sox finished a half-game ahead of the hated New York Yankees, unfortunately it was the only team they finished ahead of in their 8th straight losing season. The next year fueled by Carl Yazstremski’s triple crown winning year, the Sox won the AL pennant on the final day of the year by beating the Minnesota Twins and the Detroit Tigers losing later that day
|Top Hitters||Yazstremski (.326)||Scott (.303)|
|Top Home Runs||Yazstremski (44)||Conigliaro (20)|
|Top RBI||Yazstremski (121)||Scott (82)|
|Pitching Win||Longborg (22-9)||Santiago (12-4)|
1975 – Year of the Rookies
Powered by Rookie of the Year and MVP Fred Lynn and fellow Rookie Jim Rice, the Red Sox won the American League East by 4 1/2 games over the Baltimore Orioles. In the ALCS, they swept the three-time defending champion Oakland Athletics.
|Top Hitters||Lynn (.331)||Cooper (.311)|
|Top Home Runs||Rice (22)||Lynn (21)|
|Top RBI||Lynn (105)||Rice (102)|
|Pitching Win||Wise (19-12)||Tiant (18-14)|
1986 – A Swing and a Prayer
The 1986 team featured Cy Young Award Winner Roger Clemens along with Wade Boggs and Jim Rice who led the team to another American League East title by 5 1/2 games over the New York Yankees. In the ALCS they were down 3-1 against the California Angels and within a strike of elimination when Dave Henderson hit a home run that helped send the game into extra innings. The Red Sox won in extra innings and then won the last two games at Fenway.
BONUS: Henderson’s home run.
|Standings||BOSTON||New York (-5.5)|
|Top Hitters||Boggs (.357)||Rice (.324)|
|Top Home Runs||Baylor (31)||Evans (26)|
|Top RBI||Rice (110)||Buckner (102)|
|Pitching Win||Clemens (24-4)||Boyd (16-10)|
2004 – Revenge of the Idiots
After an epic collapse in the 2003 American League Championship Series against rival New York, the team Johnny Damon called “a bunch of idiots” fought their way back to the ALCS only to fall behind 3-0 to the Yankees. Legend has it that before Game 4, the team all drank a shot of Mama Juana and after winning continued as they competed the greatest comeback in baseball history by winning the next 8 games and the World Series.
Bonus: Johnny Damon’s 2 Home Runs in Game 7
|Standings||New York||BOSTON (-3)|
|Top Hitters||Ramirez (.308)||Damon (.304)|
|Top Home Runs||Ramirez (43)||Ortiz (41)|
|Top RBI||Ortiz (139)||Ramirez (130)|
|Pitching Win||Schilling (21-6)||Martinez (16-9)|
2007 – Another Epic Comeback
After a disappointing 2006 season in which the Red Sox missed the playoffs, the team came back to win the division title. After sweeping the Angels in the ALDS, the Red Sox fell behind 3-1 to the Cleveland Indians in the ALCS. As in 1986 and 2003, the Red Sox came back to win the pennant and swept the Colorado Rockies in the World Series.
|Standings||BOSTON||New York (-2)|
|Top Hitters||Ortiz (.332)||Lowell (.324)|
|Top Home Runs||Ortiz (35)||Lowell (21)|
|Top RBI||Lowell (120)||Ortiz (117)|
|Pitching Win||Beckett (20-7)||Wakefield (17-12)|
2013 – From Worst to First
New manager John Farrell came in to rescue a team battered by two disappointing seasons. In 2011, the Red Sox had the greatest collapse in the history of baseball. After having a 9 game lead on September 3rd and a 99.6% chance of making the playoffs, they lost 18 of their 24 games to be eliminated from the playoffs on the last day of the season by Tampa Bay. The next year they finished in last, only to come back with the American League’s best record. They got revenge on Tampa Bay winning 3-1 in the ALDS and then beat the Tigers 4-2 thanks to clutch grand slams in Games 2 and 6.
|Standings||BOSTON||Tampa Bay (-5.5)|
|Top Hitters||Ortiz (.309)||Nava (.303)|
|Top Home Runs||Ortiz (30)||Napoli (23)|
|Top RBI||Ortiz (103)||Napoli (92)|
|Pitching Win||Lester (15-8)||Buchholz (12-1)|
Big Papi’s Game 2 Grand Slam
Victorino Game 6 Grand Slam