BOSTON (Reuters) – Fenway Park is an unforgiving place for losers. No-one knows that better than the Boston Red Sox.
They went 86 years between World Series victories until they broke their drought in 2004. On Wednesday, they clinched their first title at home since 1918, the last year Babe Ruth was with the team before being traded to the New York Yankees.
BOSTON (Reuters) – David Ortiz capped an already stellar career by winning the Most Valuable Player award in the World Series on Wednesday and capturing the hearts of the Boston Nation.
Already a cult figure in New England, the Red Sox slugger was an unstoppable force during the series, smashing two home runs and batting a remarkable .733 (11-for-15) with six runs batted in for the six-game series.
BOSTON (Reuters) – As a former catcher, Mike Matheny knows that Major League Baseball, like life, throws up the odd curveball.
It is a lesson he has learnt the hard way and one that he applies to his new role as manager of the St. Louis Cardinals.
BOSTON (Reuters) – The baseball gods were kinder to the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday as the errors that cost them dearly in first game of the World Series came to their rescue in the second.
“The guys stayed aggressive today. That’s the difference between yesterday and today,” said Cardinals manager Mike Matheny after his side rallied to win Game Two 4-2, a day after he had said he was embarrassed by their 8-1 loss in Game One.
BOSTON (Reuters) – Michael Wacha is discovering that the taste of fame comes in many different flavors.
His life has been turned upside down since his meteoric rise in Major League Baseball (MLB) this season, to the point that even routine activities can become surreal.
BOSTON (Reuters) – The St. Louis Cardinals could hardly have made a worse start to the World Series. It may be only one game in a best of seven series, but already the odds are stacked against the red birds and even their manager called it “embarrassing”.
They were thumped 8-1 by the Red Sox in Wednesday’s opening game in Boston after a performance littered with uncharacteristic mistakes, while key player Carlos Beltran injured his ribs making a great catch robbing David Ortiz of a grand slam.
BOSTON (Reuters) – Carlos Beltran made an early exit from Wednesday’s opening game of the World Series when he injured his ribs while saving a grand slam home run from Boston’s David Ortiz.
The St. Louis Cardinals outfielder slammed into the bullpen wall at Fenway Park as he reached over to take a spectacular catch in the second inning.
BOSTON (Reuters) – Carlos Beltran has always saved his best for last. In the postseason, when the pressure of Major League Baseball (MLB) is at its most suffocating, the slugger has proven himself one of the great clutch performers.
His postseason on-base percentage and slugging average is seventh in MLB history, but his individual efforts have not materialized in a title.
(Reuters) – Major League Baseball is driven by money. Truckloads of it.
Attendances, merchandise sales and television ratings are all up and there is plenty of cash to go around.
The richest teams are valued at over $1 billion and the best players are paid tens of millions of dollars each year, but the big bucks are no guarantee for success on the diamond.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – The New York Yankees re-signed manager Joe Girardi to a fresh four-year contract on Wednesday, ending weeks of speculation that he was considering leaving Major League Baseball’s most successful franchise.
Girardi’s future in the Bronx had been the subject of increasing conjecture after the Yankees missed the postseason this year and he was linked with a move back to the Chicago Cubs, where he began his playing career as a catcher in 1989.