Red Sox Update – Week of July 4
The defending champs have had an up and down first half to the season, but
the Red Sox have shown some major signs of life as well and are still within striking distance of the other teams in the A.L.
East, setting them up for an exciting season half as the Red Sox look to swing their way back into the mix. The division has
been one of the most surprising in all of baseball so far, with the Blue Jays and Orioles putting it together and making their
move to the top of the division. Though the Red Sox have a little bit of work left to do this season, all the pieces are there
are fans are expecting to see a few winning streaks in the second half.
And one of the major reasons for optimism moving
forward, unsurprisingly, is the presence of David Ortiz, who continues to absolutely mash in the heart of the order. On pace
for another season with 30+ homers and more than 100 RBIs, Ortiz has been one of the most productive hitters in the American
League, particularly with a red-hot June. After somewhat of a slow start to the season, Ortiz put up seven homers and 21 RBIs
in June while hitting.316, leading the Red Sox nearly across the board offensively in the process.
Pitching wise, the
Red Sox have also had some great performances as well, particularly from Jon Lester. Holding an ERA below 3.00, Lester has
been the leader of the pitching staff so far this season, though John Lackey has also been a force to be reckoned with, putting
up quality starts nearly every time out. Even though many fans around the league expected to see the Red Sox higher in the
standings, there is still a lot of baseball left to be played, and the Sox definitely have no intention of going quietly.
Boston Red Sox 2014 Schedule
The Boston Red Sox are ready to hit the diamond in 2014 in an effort to defend their
championship, which is never an easy task but they also have one of the most talented teams in the entire league. The Red
Sox were crowned as World Champions after defeating the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series last season, and are looking
to post another successful season this time around. With some of the best players in Major League Baseball, the Red Sox should
be a force to be reckoned with, and every other team in the American League is fully aware of that. Home games at Fenway Park
are sure to be rocking once again this season, though you also shouldn't forget about the away games, as they'll give you
81 different opportunities to see the Red Sox do their thing on the diamond.
Of course, some of the biggest games of
the season take place when the Red Sox take on the New York Yankees. When the Yankees come to Fenway Park, the atmosphere
of the stadium gets a little more intense and a little more hostile, but that only adds to the fun of going out to the ballpark.
The Red Sox and Yankees have one of the best rivalries in sports, and their 2014 matchups are sure to be as enjoyable as ever
for the Boston fans in the stands at Fenway. The Yankees always boast a potent lineup, so the Boston pitching staff will have
to bring its A-game to down the Bronx Bombers.
The Red Sox also play their other American League East division foes
on a regular basis, so expect to see a lot of matchups with the Tamp Bay Rays, Baltimore Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays as
well. Games against their division rivals are always treated with extra attention, as these contests could dictate who emerges
victorious in the A.L. East in 2014. The Red Sox are eyeing the division title and more yet again this season, so don't miss
out on seeing them play in person this year, because whether home or on the road, there is sure to plenty of fanfare surrounding
Boston Red Sox Team Info
The Boston Red Sox play in the American League East division of Major
League Baseball, a division that also features the New York Yankees, Baltimore Orioles, Toronto Blue Jays and Tampa Bay Rays.
This is often one of the most competitive divisions in the MLB ranks, so the Sox are always playing hard in each and every
home game. The Red Sox are coming off a fantastic 2013 season in which they won the American League East, won the American
League Championship Series and then bested the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series to become the 2013 World Champions.
The Sox have one of the best pitching staffs in the American League, anchored by Jon Lester, which something that was on full
display in the postseason last year. Their lineup isn't exactly lacking either, however, as David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia and
more tend to keep pitchers up at nights in the days before starts against Boston. The Sox have their sights set on another
division title and a return trip to the World Series in 2014, giving you plenty of reasons to head out to see if they have
what it takes.
The MLB Experience
Baseball is known as the National Pastime for a reason, as people have
such fond memories of attending baseball games over the years. Being there in person when you're favorite team hits the field
is something that never gets old, and that's why fans head out to stadiums all across the county on a regular basis to watch
the pros hit the diamond. The crowd at a baseball game is always in one big collective good mood, and it's contagious. Make
sure to be there at Fenway Park this season to sit with the most loyal Red Sox fans. It's sure to be a great time at the ballpark,
and it's a breeze to gain access to the stadium. Once you're there watching the drama unfold before your very eyes, you'll
definitely be glad that you're not sitting anywhere else.
Boston Red Sox History
The Boston Red Sox franchise
was founded as the Boston Americans in 1901, and the team became the Boston Red Sox in 1907. The Red Sox had one of the best
players to every play the game of baseball in Babe Ruth, but notoriously traded the sport's first superstar following the
1918 season, resulting in what some people considered to be a curse on the franchise that would last decades. The club endured
years of losing under the Curse of the Bambino, but broke through in 2004 to win their first World Series since 1918 and added
another title just a couple years later. The Red Sox won another World Series in 2013, helping solidify the Red Sox as an
absolute juggernaut. With great players including Ted Williams, Manny Ramirez, Babe Ruth, Wade Boggs, Jim Rice and many more,
this is a franchise that has put together an unbelievable tradition of winning baseball over the years.
Red Sox Trivia
Did you know that until Detroit's Miguel Cabrera won the Triple Crown in 2012, the last player to accomplish
the feat was Boston's Carl Yastrzemski?
That's right, Yaz, as he's known by the Boston faithful, won the Triple Crown
Boston Red Sox fans are known as one of the most loyal and passionate fan bases in Major
League Baseball. Known as Red Sox Nation, this fan base spans the entire country and has some of the wildest fans you'll ever
see. That's what makes the atmosphere at Fenway Park so great, as these fans are really into each and every home game as if
it were the last contest of the season. Don't miss your chance to join them in the stands this season as the Red Sox hope
to pile up the wins and make another move towards the postseason.