The best Boston Red Sox postseason moments any fan will never forget in chronological order.
1. The Boston Americans Win the World Series
In 1903 the Boston Red Sox win their first World Series with Cy Young and a bunch of guys no one has ever heard of.
2. Red Sox Dynasty
Continuing their dominance of the early 1900’s, the Red Sox win four championships in six years. A young pitcher by the name of Babe Ruth was a significant part to these championship teams. Little did the Sox know, Ruth would be one of the greatest offensive players of all time – for another team that…is best not mentioned.
3. “If it stays fair…”
In Game 6 of the 1975 World Series, Carlton Fisk (catcher), hits a towering home run to left field, hitting the foul pole for a walk-off home run against the Cincinnati Reds. The underdog Red Sox went on to lose Game 7 to a stacked Reds team, but Fisk’s heroic Game 6 home run would become one the most iconic moments in baseball history.
4. Pedro Martinez Comes Out of the Bullpen and Single Handedly Ends the Cleveland Indians.
Red Sox ace Pedro Martinez came out of the bullpen in an unfamiliar role, shutting down the Indians’ offense for the rest of the game. Martinez, who left Game 1 of the 1999 American League Division Series against the Cleveland Indians because of a back injury, miraculously returned in a winner-take-all Game 5 to toss six no-hit innings in relief. The detail that goes unnoticed by most fans, was just how much pain Martinez was in.
“I put my career in jeopardy” said Martinez. (Nesn.com)
5. Aaron “Bleeping” Boone Crushes the Red Sox’ World Series Dreams
In the 11th inning of Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS, Aaron (enter expletive of choice here) Boone hit a walk-off home run to end the Red Sox season, and send the New York Yankees to the World Series. Losing a series-deciding game with World Series birth on the line is never fun. Losing to the rival Yankees (gag) is enough to send a fanbase into a depressed hibernation. This moment is considered one of the most sickening moments in Red Sox history.
6. A Walk to Remember
Trailing in the ninth inning in Game 4 of the 2004 ALCS, first basemen Kevin Millar works a walk against arguably the best closer of all time, Mariano Rivera. Without this walk, the Red Sox have no chance in tying the game, or extending the series, as the Yankees lead the series 3-0.
This walk would lead to the biggest stolen base in Red Sox history, bringing third basemen Bill Mueller to the plate with a chance to tie the game. With a scorching base hit up the middle, the Red Sox tied the game. The drama would later continue when…
7. David Ortiz Keeps the Red Sox Alive
With the game tied in the bottom of the 12th inning, designated hitter David Ortiz blasts a walk-off home run to keep the series alive, sending the stadium into pandemonium.
8. David Ortiz Does it Again!
In Game 5, David Ortiz “Big Papi” comes through again in the 14th inning with a bloop single to bring in the game winning run. All of a sudden, Sox fans have a glimmer of hope sparkling in their eyes. The Red Sox head to New York with a chance to tie the series in Game 6.
9. A-Rod Does a Very A-Rod Thing
In the bottom of the eighth inning of Game 6, third basemen Alex Rodriguez hit a ball that squibbed into the infield, creating a close play at first base. Pitcher Bronson Arroyo scooped the ball up and attempted to tag A-Rod, who slapped Arroyo’s glove down, knocking the ball loose down the first base line. The runner on second base came around to score, and A-Rod went to second base before the ball could be retrieved. The umpires originally declared it a legal play, until they huddled together to agree that A-Rod’s play was illegal and he was declared out. This decision sent the runner back to second base, leaving the stadium in anarchy. After trash and baseballs were thrown onto the field by the fans, Boston took the field again and escaped the inning without giving up any runs. A-Rod was always a hated, controversial player, but this famous flamboyant slap put him atop the list of hatred for Red Sox fans.
10. The Boston Red Sox Are Headed to the World Series
One of the most satisfying wins in Red Sox history is the Game 7 win to clinch the ALCS and head to the World Series. Not only was it the greatest comeback in sports history, it was against the rival New York Yankees.
11. “Back to Foulke…Red Sox fans have longed to hear it…the Boston Red Sox are World Champions!”
That famous call by Fox’s Joe Buck, became iconic in Red Sox history. After closer Keith Foulke fielded the ground ball and tossed it to first base, the final out was recorded, solidifying the Red Sox a place in championship history. The Boston Red Sox have officially broken the 86 year curse of failing to win another World Series Championship.
12. Manny Ramirez Hits a Ball to the Moon
In Game 2 of the 2007 ALDS, left fielder Manny Ramirez hit a walk-off three run shot over the monster in the bottom of the ninth inning to win the game.
13. The Red Sox Win Another World Series!
Closer Jonathan Papelbon struck out the last batter to end the game, awarding the Red Sox a World Series sweep. It marked their second championship in four years. What a time to be alive!
But wait, what?
14. Big Papi Does it Again
In the bottom of the eighth inning of Game 2 of the 2013 ALCS, the Boston Red Sox trailed the Detroit Tigers 5-1 with two outs and the bases loaded. Fans are hoping for Big Papi to keep the rally going and get a base hit. Never did anyone think Big Papi would come through with a game-tying grand slam. At this point why would anyone expect anything different? With that home run, the Red Sox completed a come back to win the game. With that clutch home run, Big Papi officially became one of the greatest hitters in post season history.
15. Shane Victorino Leaves His Mark in a Big Way
Outfielder Shane Victorino was toward the end of his career when he signed with the Red Sox. He was clearly no longer an all star anymore. Yet, with that being said, he had a lot left in the tank. Victorino put together a respectable year for the Sox, until he got to the post season where it seemed he lost his touch at the plate, until the ALCS. In the bottom of the seventh inning in Game 6, Victorino finally came through with a grand slam, putting the Red Sox ahead to never look back. The Red Sox were headed to their third World Series in eight years.
16. Get Beard!
Growing out playoff beards was the theme for the 2013 Red Sox team. Look no further than outfielder Jonny Gomes as one of the creators of that theme.
In a pivotal Game 4 of the World Series, Gomes hit a rocket over the left field wall for a go ahead home run in the sixth inning. With a series containing historic pitching numbers, runs proved to be difficult to come by. The Jonny Gomes home run was a massive moment in the series. That proved to be the game winning home run, giving the Red Sox a 3-1 lead in the series. You could feel all the momentum on the Red Sox side after that home run.
17. From Worst to First
The Boston Red Sox win the 2013 World Series after finishing in last place in their division in 2012.
Put on your goggles, it’s time to spray champagne!
Despite an early post season exit in 2016, and a disappointing ending to David Ortiz’s final season, the Boston Red Sox are in a prime position to have long term success. With the young talent in the organization, there’s no telling what this Red Sox team could achieve. It will be up to these guys to pave the way to greatness.