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Red Sox Win 2013 World Series!

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There were generations of Boston Red Sox fans for whom October meant falling dreams and spirits along with the leaves floating to earth.  The Red Sox of Ted Williams and Johnny Pesky and Carl Yastrzemski and Carlton Fisk and Fred Lynn and Wade Boggs and Bill Buckner, brought fervent fans to the brink of a world championship time and again, only to find  heartbreaking loss after heartbreaking loss which made New Englanders wonder if indeed the “Curse of the Bambino” carried an edge of truth.

Today Red Sox Nation, which extends from far northern Aroostook County in Maine, to that vague border south of New Haven, Connecticut, where Yankees fans start to intrude, may not quite understand how hard it is to get to the World Series.  After all The Red Sox broke the curse in 2004, and then only three years later, once again rode the Duck Boats through Boston while tens of thousands of fans cheered, thinking no doubt they were about to become New England’s own baseball dynasty.

Maybe that is why this year’s bearded bunch won the hearts not only of newcomers to the Nation, but all those who remember the heartbreaks.  Only a year ago, the Red Sox were the burnt toast of the town—the team nobody wanted—and with good cause. They were a dysfunctional and disheartened team, hard to root for, all but impossible to love. Plus they lost and lost and lost.

New England has always been about resilience and redemption, and this team rode the emotional turmoil of the Boston Marathon bombing and recaptured a region with its pluck, talent and improbable tale of last to first.

The Red Sox won the 2013 World Series, proving that the old ballpark still has magic.

Click through this slide show for links to some of Yankee Magazine’s favorite Red Sox themed stories.

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Photo/art by Elise Amendola/AP Photo

Few people know the history and lore of New England's favorite team more than Nick Cafardo, the national baseball writer for the Boston Globe. Read his list of 10 things Red Sox fans should know and do before they die.

Few people know the history and lore of New England's favorite team more than Nick Cafardo, the national baseball writer for the Boston Globe. Read his list of 10 things Red Sox fans should know and do before they die.

Curt Schilling

Curt Schilling popped sutures in his right ankle as he pitched the Red Sox to a 4-2 win in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series in 2004 against the Yankees, tying the series at 3-3.

Photo/art by Jerry Coli

Whether you’re a lifelong Red Sox fan or not, there’s something magical about Fenway Park.  Take a trip behind the scenes at Fenway Park’s 100th Anniversary Celebration.

Whether you’re a lifelong Red Sox fan or not, there’s something magical about Fenway Park. Take a trip behind the scenes at Fenway Park’s 100th Anniversary Celebration.

Photo/art by Aimee Seavey

Red Sox collectibles can demand a premium price, especially in the New England market. Here are some examples of early Red Sox photos.

Red Sox collectibles can demand a premium price, especially in the New England market. Here are some examples of early Red Sox photos.

Photo/art by Courtesy Library of Congress

There are 162 baseball games in the Boston Red Sox 2011 season, none more anticipated than opening day at Fenway Park.

There are 162 baseball games in the Boston Red Sox 2011 season, none more anticipated than opening day at Fenway Park.

Photo/art by Carl Tremblay

On June 12, 2010, Daniel Nava broke into the major leagues by hitting the first pitch he saw at Fenway Park over the right-field fence and into the Red Sox bullpen for a grand-slam home run--only the second time anyone had done that in the history of the game.

On June 12, 2010, Daniel Nava broke into the major leagues by hitting the first pitch he saw at Fenway Park over the right-field fence and into the Red Sox bullpen for a grand-slam home run--only the second time anyone had done that in the history of the game.

Photo/art by J Merick / Getty Images

Fenway Park Night Shot

His intensity and concentration are legendary. In the narrow world of baseball, Red Sox batting coach Walter Hriniak has narrowed his even further -- to the 17-inch width of home plate. There, he says, is "the only game going on." Read about the Hitman of Fenway Park.

Photo/art by Sean Pavone

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In 1974, Jim Collins spent seven glorious days watching the Red Sox at spring training in Winter Haven, Florida, and became a lifelong member of Red Sox Nation.

Red Sox 1912 World Series

Did you know that $5 price was the price for a 1912 World Series box seat at brand-new Fenway Park or that an estimated 18,000 baseballs are bought by the Red Sox each season? Read more Red Sox Trivia.

Photo/art by Courtesy Library of Congress

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Read a compendium of facts and trivia about the Red Sox uniforms.

Photo/art by Heath Robbins

 

 

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