BOSTON RED SOX IN THE POSTSEASON
The Boston Red Sox are one of the most storied franchises in all of Major League Baseball, with a history that stretches back to the beginning of the 20th century. The team would begin play as the Boston Americans in 1901 and would win their first World Series in 1903. After changing their name to the Red Sox in 1908, the squad would experience a golden age of success. In 1914, after purchasing the contract of future Hall of Famer Babe Ruth, the Red Sox would win World Series championships in 1915, 1916 and 1918. However, when the Red Sox made the fateful decision to sell Ruth's contract to their archrivals, the New York Yankees, that the team would experience one of the longest postseason droughts in professional sports, the dreaded "Curse of the Bambino."
The Red Sox wouldn't return to the postseason after their fated trade until 1946, when they narrowly lost to the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series. The team would make appearances in the 1975 and 1986 World Series, but a bunch of bad breaks and missteps cost the team a chance to bring home their first championship in decades. Over the course of the 1990s, the Red Sox would be a consistent threat in the postseason hunt, but the rise of the Yankees dynasty of the '90s would dash the team's hopes of making a serious run at a title.
It wasn't until the 2000s that the Red Sox began to build a contender and would finally get the better of their division rivals. After a heartbreaking loss in the American League Championship Series against the Yankees in 2003 on a walkoff home run by Aaron Boone, the Red Sox would shock the sports world by coming back from a 3-0 deficit in the 2004 AL Championship series and would sweep the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series for their first title in 86 years.
Following the Red Sox's stunning victory, they would continue to be major contenders over the course of the 2000s, winning another World Series championship in 2007 over the Colorado Rockies. The team would make another two playoff appearances in 2008 and 2009, but now have started a major shakeup of their roster to contend with the rising strength of their AL East rivals like the Tampa Bay Rays and Toronto Blue Jays. The Red Sox have already answered their fans' prayers over the course of the 2000s, but only time will tell if they can sustain their success in the future.
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