2004 Boston Red Sox season

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The 2004 Boston Red Sox season was the 104th season in the franchise's Major League Baseball history.wikipedia
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1918 Boston Red Sox season

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The Red Sox then swept the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series, capturing their first championship since 1918.
This would be the last World Series championship for the Red Sox until 2004.

Curt Schilling

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However, the Sox' 2003 off season prize pickup Curt Schilling suffered a torn tendon when he was hit by a line drive.
On September 16, 2004, Schilling won his 20th game of 2004 for the Red Sox, becoming the fifth Boston pitcher to win 20 or more games in his first season with the team, and the first since Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley in 1978.

2004 St. Louis Cardinals season

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The Red Sox then swept the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series, capturing their first championship since 1918.
The Cardinals met a what was a potent Red Sox squad fresh off four straight victories over the Yankees following an 0–3 deficit in the ALCS.

American League East

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Managed by Terry Francona, the Red Sox finished with a 98–64 record, three games behind the New York Yankees in the American League East.

2004 World Series

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The Red Sox then swept the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series, capturing their first championship since 1918.
2004 World Series (4–0): Boston Red Sox (A.L.) beat St. Louis Cardinals (N.L.).

Mike Timlin

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Timlin played on four World Series championship teams in an 18-year career; the 1992 Toronto Blue Jays, 1993 Toronto Blue Jays, 2004 Boston Red Sox, and 2007 Boston Red Sox.

Terry Francona

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Managed by Terry Francona, the Red Sox finished with a 98–64 record, three games behind the New York Yankees in the American League East.

Nomar Garciaparra

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Red Sox General Manager Theo Epstein shook up the team at the MLB trading deadline July 31, trading the team's wildly popular yet often hurt and disgruntled shortstop, Nomar Garciaparra, to the Chicago Cubs, receiving Orlando Cabrera from the Montreal Expos and Doug Mientkiewicz from the Minnesota Twins in return.
Meanwhile, the Red Sox finally overcame the Yankees en route to a World Series sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals, after which Nomar's former teammates voted to give him a World Series ring and three-fourths of a playoff share ($167,715).

Doug Mientkiewicz

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Red Sox General Manager Theo Epstein shook up the team at the MLB trading deadline July 31, trading the team's wildly popular yet often hurt and disgruntled shortstop, Nomar Garciaparra, to the Chicago Cubs, receiving Orlando Cabrera from the Montreal Expos and Doug Mientkiewicz from the Minnesota Twins in return.
As the trade deadline approached, the 2004 Boston Red Sox found themselves 8.5 games back of the New York Yankees in the American League East, and one game back of the Texas Rangers in the wild card race.

2004 New York Yankees season

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Managed by Terry Francona, the Red Sox finished with a 98–64 record, three games behind the New York Yankees in the American League East.
The Yankees squared off against the Boston Red Sox in the 2004 American League Championship Series.

Kevin Youkilis

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On May 15, 2004, when Red Sox regular starting third baseman Bill Mueller was placed on the disabled list, Youkilis was called up for the first time.

David Ortiz

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However, David Ortiz, who was noted for his clutch hitting, delivered in the 10th inning with a game winning two-run homer, off Jarrod Washburn, sailing over the Green Monster.

2009–10 Philadelphia Flyers season

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The Philadelphia Flyers (NHL), during their Cinderella run to the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals, came back from three games down to defeat the Boston Bruins to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals.
Falling behind 3–0 in Game 7, the Flyers pulled off the biggest comeback in franchise history, winning 4–3 on a late goal by Gagne to join the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs, 1975 New York Islanders and the 2004 Boston Red Sox as the only sports teams to win a playoff series after trailing 3–0.

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The Philadelphia Flyers (NHL), during their Cinderella run to the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals, came back from three games down to defeat the Boston Bruins to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals.

New York Yankees

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The Red Sox advanced to a rematch in the 2004 American League Championship Series against their bitter rivals, the New York Yankees.
In the ALCS, the Yankees met the Boston Red Sox again, and became the first team in professional baseball history, and only the third team in North American professional sports history, to lose a best-of-seven series after taking a 3–0 series lead.

Busch Memorial Stadium

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To add a final, surreal touch to the Red Sox championship title, on the night the Red Sox won, a total lunar eclipse colored the moon over Busch Stadium to a deep red hue.
The 1968 and 2004 World Series were clinched in Busch Stadium by visitors: the Detroit Tigers in the seventh game and the Boston Red Sox in a four-game sweep, respectively.

American League West

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Boston began the playoffs by sweeping the AL West champion Anaheim Angels.

Joe Buck

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Fox commentator Joe Buck famously called the final out, saying: "Back to Foulke. Red Sox fans have longed to hear it: the Boston Red Sox are World Champions!""
Since then, Joe has continued to use this phrase at appropriate times, including Game 4 of the 2004 ALCS, in which the Boston Red Sox famously rallied off New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera in the 9th inning to avoid elimination.

1979 World Series

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The Patriots win in the Super Bowl meant the Red Sox World Series win made Boston the first city to have Super Bowl and World Series champions in the same year in 25 years, when the Pittsburgh Steelers won Super Bowl XIII, followed by the Pirates winning the 1979 World Series.
New York repeated the feat in 1986 (New York Mets and New York Giants), as did the New England area in the 2004 season (Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots) and the 2018 season (Red Sox and Patriots).

Larry Walker

With no outs, Suppan should have scored easily from third on a Larry Walker ground ball to second baseman Bellhorn, who was playing back, conceding the run.
St. Louis advanced to the World Series to face the Boston Red Sox − the first and only of Walker's playing career.

Fox Major League Baseball

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Fox commentator Joe Buck famously called the final out, saying: "Back to Foulke. Red Sox fans have longed to hear it: the Boston Red Sox are World Champions!""
Midway through the 2003 season, the banner was slightly changed to mirror that used by FSN, although Fox retained its own graphics package; it was enlarged, except on All-Star Game and World Series telecasts as well as the April 16, 2004 Yankees–Red Sox game, and made more translucent.

Major League Baseball

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The 2004 Boston Red Sox season was the 104th season in the franchise's Major League Baseball history.

Major League Baseball postseason

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The Red Sox qualified for the postseason as the AL wild card, swept the Anaheim Angels in the ALDS, and faced the Yankees in the ALCS for the second straight year.

Major League Baseball wild card

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The Red Sox qualified for the postseason as the AL wild card, swept the Anaheim Angels in the ALDS, and faced the Yankees in the ALCS for the second straight year.

2004 Anaheim Angels season

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The Red Sox qualified for the postseason as the AL wild card, swept the Anaheim Angels in the ALDS, and faced the Yankees in the ALCS for the second straight year.