The Boston Red Sox are coming off a good year in the 2016 MLB season. After winning the 2013 World Series, the Red Sox posted a 93 win season and placed first in the American League East in the 2016 MLB Season. However the Red Sox were swept by the Cleveland Indians in the American League Division Series. Look for the Red Sox to continue that success in the 2017 MLB season and make a run at the MLB playoffs again and the 2017 World Series.
Founded in 1901 as one of the American League’s eight charter franchises, the Red Sox’ home ballpark has been Fenway Park since 1912. The “Red Sox” name was chosen by the team owner, John I. Taylor, around 1908, following the lead of previous teams that had been known as the “Boston Red Stockings”.
The Boston Red Sox compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the American League (AL) East division. The Red Sox have won eight World Series championships and have played in 12 over the years. Boston Red Sox defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates in the first World Series in 1903 and won four more championships by 1918. The “Curse of the Bambino” is alleged to begin with the Red Sox’ sale of Babe Ruth to the rival New York Yankees two years after their world championship in 1918 (the Red Sox had an 86-year wait before the team won its sixth World Championship in 2004). Following their victory in the 2013 World Series, they became the first team to win three World Series trophies in the 21st century, including championships in 2004 and 2007.
Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline” has become an anthem for the Red Sox.