2004 Boston Red Sox season

The 2004 Boston Red Sox season was the 104th season in the franchise's Major League Baseball history. 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 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. After losing the first three games to the Yankees and trailing in the ninth inning of the fourth game, the Red Sox became the first team in major league history to come back from a three-game postseason deficit, defeating the Yankees in seven games. The Red Sox then swept the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series, capturing their first championship since 1918.[1]

2004 Boston Red Sox
World Series Champions
AL Champions
AL Wild Card
Major League affiliations
Record98–64 (.605)
Divisional place2nd (3 GB)
Other information
Owner(s)John W. Henry (New England Sports Ventures)
PresidentLarry Lucchino
General manager(s)Theo Epstein
Manager(s)Terry Francona
Local televisionWSBK-TV
(Sean McDonough, Jerry Remy)
(Don Orsillo, Jerry Remy)
Local radioWEEI
(Jerry Trupiano, Joe Castiglione)
(Bill Kulik, Uri Berenguer, Juan Pedro Villamán)
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Pre-season events

During the 2003–04 off season, the Red Sox acquired a starting ace pitcher; Curt Schilling, as well as a closer, Keith Foulke.[7] Many visitors at their spring training at Fort Myers, Florida, were very enthusiastic about the 2004 Red Sox team. Expectations once again ran high that 2004 would finally be the year that the Red Sox ended their championship drought.[8]

Regular season

Season standings

AL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
New York Yankees 10161 0.623 57–24 44–37
Boston Red Sox 9864 0.605 3 55–26 43–38
Baltimore Orioles 7884 0.481 23 38–43 40–41
Tampa Bay Devil Rays 7091 0.435 30½ 41–39 29–52
Toronto Blue Jays 6794 0.416 33½ 40–41 27–53

Record vs. opponents

Anaheim 6–34–55–44–57–27–05–45–410–913–76–19–104–57–11
Baltimore 3–610–92–43–36–06–34–55–140–77–211–85–211–85–13
Boston 5–49–104–23–46–14–22–411–88–15–414–54–514–59–9
Chicago 4–54–22–410–98–1113–69–103–42–77–24–26–33–48–10
Cleveland 5–43–34–39–109–1011–87–122–46–35–43–31–85–210–8
Detroit 2–70–61–611–810–98–117–124–34–55–43–34–54–29–9
Kansas City 0–73–62–46–138–1111–87–121–52–72–53–64–53–36–12
Minnesota 4–55–44–210–912–712–712–72–42–55–44–55–24–211–7
New York 4–514–58–114–34–23–45–14–27–26–315–45–412–710–8
Oakland 9–107–01–87–23–65–47–25–22–711–87–211–96–310–8
Seattle 7–132–74–52–74–54–55–24–53–68–112–57–122–79–9
Tampa Bay 1–68–115–142–43–33–36–35–44–152–75–22–79–915–3
Texas 10–92–55–43–68–15–45–42–54–59–1112–77–27–210–8
Toronto 5–48–115–144–32–52–43–32–47–123–67–29–92–78–10
Red Sox vs. National League
Team NL West 
Boston 1–2 2–1 2–1 1–2 1–2 2–1

Notable transactions

  • June 22, 2004: Curtis Leskanic was signed as a free agent by the Red Sox.[9]
  • July 14, 2004: Pedro Astacio was signed as a free agent by the Red Sox.[10]
  • July 21, 2004: Ricky Gutiérrez was acquired by the Red Sox from the Cubs as part of a conditional deal.[11]
  • July 24, 2004: Terry Adams was acquired by the Red Sox from the Blue Jays in exchange for minor leaguer John Hattig.[12]
  • July 31, 2004: As part of a four-team trade, Orlando Cabrera was acquired by the Red Sox from the Expos and Doug Mientkiewicz was acquired by the Red Sox from the Twins.[13][14] In exchange, the Red Sox sent star shortstop Nomar Garciaparra and Matt Murton (minors) to the Cubs.[15] In a separate trade, Dave Roberts was acquired by the Red Sox from the Dodgers in exchange for Henri Stanley (minors).[16]
  • August 6, 2004: Mike Myers was selected off waivers by the Red Sox from the Mariners.[17]
  • August 31, 2004: Sandy Martínez was purchased by the Red Sox from the Indians.[18]

Opening Day lineup

18Johnny DamonCF
11Bill Mueller3B
24Manny RamirezLF
34David OrtizDH
15Kevin Millar1B
19Gabe KaplerRF
33Jason VaritekC
12Mark Bellhorn2B
  3Pokey ReeseSS
45Pedro MartínezP



2004 Boston Red Sox roster
Pitchers Catchers



Designated hitter

Pinch hitter



  • 44 Bill Haselman (Interim 1B)
  • 22 Ron Jackson (Hitting)
  • 35 Lynn Jones (First base)
  • 60 Dana LeVangie (Bullpen catcher)
  •  2 Brad Mills (Bench)
  • 54 Euclides Rojas (Bullpen)
  • 41 Dale Sveum (Third base)
  • 17 Dave Wallace (Pitching)

Road to a Championship

The regular season started well in April, but through midseason the team struggled due to injuries, inconsistency and defensive woes, and fell more than eight games behind New York. A bright point came on July 24, when the Red Sox overcame a five-run deficit as Bill Mueller hit a game-winning home run to right-center off Yankees closer Mariano Rivera. The game also featured a now infamous brawl between Yankee superstar Alex Rodriguez and Red Sox catcher and captain Jason Varitek.

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,[21] receiving Orlando Cabrera from the Montreal Expos and Doug Mientkiewicz from the Minnesota Twins in return. In a separate transaction, the Red Sox also traded AAA outfielder Henri Stanley to the Los Angeles Dodgers for center fielder Dave Roberts. With valuable players like Cabrera, Mientkiewicz, and Roberts in the lineup, the club turned things around, winning twenty-two out of twenty-five games and going on to finish within three games of the Yankees in the AL East and qualifying for the playoffs as the AL Wild Card.

The team played its home games at Fenway Park, before a regular season total attendance of 2,837,294 fans.

Game log

2004 Game Log
April (15-6)
1April 4@ Orioles7–2Ponson (1–0)Martínez (0–1)Ryan (1)47,6830–1
2April 6@ Orioles4–1Schilling (1–0)DuBose (0–1)Foulke (1)35,3551–1
3April 7@ Orioles10–3Lowe (1–0)Ainsworth (0–1)28,3732–1
4April 8@ Orioles3–2 (13)López (1–0)Jones31,1212–2
5April 9Blue Jays10–5Speier (1–0)Timlin (0–1)34,3372–3
6April 10Blue Jays4–1Martínez (1–1)Halladay (0–2)Foulke (2)35,3053–3
7April 11Blue Jays6–4 (12)Malaska (1–0)López (0–1)34,2864–3
April 13OriolesPostponed (rain) Rescheduled for May 31
April 14OriolesPostponed (rain) Rescheduled for July 22
8April 15Orioles12–7 (11)Groom (1–0)Arroyo (0–1)35,2714–4
9April 16Yankees6–2Wakefield (1–0)Vázquez (1–1)35,1635–4
10April 17Yankees5–2Schilling (2–0)Mussina (1–3)35,0236–4
11April 18Yankees7–3 (10)Quantrill (1–0)Lowe (1–1)35,0116–5
12April 19Yankees5–4Timlin (1–1)Gordon (0–1)Foulke (3)35,0277–5
13April 20@ Blue Jays4–2Martínez (2–1)Halladay (1–3)Foulke (4)26,0108–5
14April 21@ Blue Jays4–2Wakefield (2–0)Lilly (0–2)Foulke (5)16,1639–5
15April 22@ Blue Jays7–3Adams (2–0)Schilling (2–1)16,4809–6
16April 23@ Yankees11–2Lowe (2–1)Contreras (0–2)55,00110–6
17April 24@ Yankees3–2 (12)Foulke (1–0)Quantrill (2–1)Timlin (1)55,19511–6
18April 25@ Yankees2–0Martínez (3–1)Vázquez (2–2)Williamson (1)55,33812–6
April 27Devil RaysPostponed (rain) Rescheduled for April 29
19April 28Devil Rays6–0Schilling (3–1)Abbott (2–2)35,12013–6
20April 29Devil Rays4–0Kim (1–0)Zambrano (3–2)35,61414–6
21April 29Devil Rays7–3Lowe (3–1)Moss (0–1)35,44115–6
April 30@ RangersPostponed (rain) Rescheduled for May 1
May (16-14)
22May 1@ Rangers4–3Ramirez (1–1)Malaska (1–1)Cordero (8)44,59815–7
23May 1@ Rangers8–5Benoit (1–0)Martínez (3–2)Cordero (9)44,59815–8
24May 2@ Rangers4–1Dickey (4–1)Wakefield (2–1)Cordero (10)31,53815–9
25May 3@ Indians4–3Westbrook (2–1)Schilling (3–2)Betancourt (1)16,28515–10
26May 4@ Indians7–6Davis (1–2)Lowe (3–2)Betancourt (2)16,07015–11
27May 5@ Indians9–5Arroyo (1–1)D'Amico (1–2)17,37016–11
28May 6@ Indians5–2Martínez (4–2)Sabathia (1–1)Foulke (6)26,82517–11
29May 7Royals7–6Timlin (2–1)MacDougal (0–1)35,28018–11
30May 8Royals9–1Schilling (4–2)Gobble (1–1)34,92919–11
31May 9Royals8–4May (1–4)Lowe (3–3)34,58919–12
32May 10Indians10–6Durbin (3–3)Kim (1–1)35,25719–13
33May 11Indians5–3Embree (1–0)Jiménez (0–2)Foulke (7)35,40120–13
34May 12Indians6–4Lee (4–0)Wakefield (2–2)35,37120–14
35May 13@ Blue Jays12–6Batista (1–3)Schilling (4–3)20,87620–15
36May 14@ Blue Jays9–3 (10)Embree (2–0)Ligtenberg (1–1)20,94821–15
37May 15@ Blue Jays4–0Arroyo (2–1)Hentgen (2–3)36,84122–15
38May 16@ Blue Jays3–1Halladay (4–4)Martínez (4–3)Adams (2)31,61822–16
39May 18@ Devil Rays7–3Wakefield (3–2)Hendrickson (2–4)12,83623–16
40May 19@ Devil Rays4–1Schilling (5–3)Bell (0–1)Foulke (8)13,96024–16
41May 20@ Devil Rays9–6Sosa (1–0)Lowe (3–4)Báez (5)12,40124–17
42May 21Blue Jays11–5Timlin (3–1)Nakamura (0–3)35,28725–17
43May 22Blue Jays5–2Martínez (1–0)Ligtenberg (1–2)Foulke (9)35,19626–17
44May 23Blue Jays7–2Wakefield (4–2)Batista (2–4)35,23927–17
45May 25Athletics12–2Schilling (6–3)Hudson (5–2)35,23628–17
46May 26Athletics9–6Lowe (4–4)Redman (3–3)Foulke (10)34,93129–17
47May 27Athletics15–2Mulder (6–2)Arroyo (2–2)35,43829–18
48May 28Mariners8–4Martínez (5–3)Piñeiro (1–6)35,13430–18
49May 29Mariners5–4García (3–3)Wakefield (4–3)Guardado (9)35,25030–19
50May 30Mariners9–7 (12)Martínez (2–0)Putz (0–2)35,04631–19
51May 31Orioles13–4López (4–2)Lowe (4–5)35,46531–20
June (11-14)
52June 1@ Angels7–6Gregg (2–0)Arroyo (2–3)Percival (13)43,28531–21
53June 2@ Angels10–7Ortiz (2–4)Timlin (3–2)Rodríguez (2)43,20531–22
54June 4@ Royals5–2Gobble (3–3)Wakefield (4–4)Affeldt (6)28,18231–23
55June 5@ Royals8–4Schilling (7–3)May (2–8)29,96832–23
56June 6@ Royals5–3Lowe (5–5)Grimsley (3–2)Foulke (11)22,96433–23
57June 8Padres1–0Martínez (6–3)Osuna (1–1)Foulke (12)35,20534–23
58June 9Padres8–1Lawrence (8–3)Arroyo (2–4)35,06434–24
59June 10Padres9–3Schilling (8–3)Valdez (5–3)35,06835–24
60June 11Dodgers2–1Foulke (2–0)Martin (0–1)35,17336–24
61June 12Dodgers14–5Weaver (4–7)Wakefield (4–5)34,67136–25
62June 13Dodgers4–1Martínez (7–3)Nomo (3–7)Foulke (13)35,06837–25
63June 15@ Rockies6–3Kennedy (5–4)Arroyo (2–5)Chacón (11)40,48937–26
64June 16@ Rockies7–6Jennings (6–6)Schilling (8–4)Chacón (12)39,31937–27
65June 17@ Rockies11–0Lowe (6–5)Cook (1–2)40,08838–27
66June 18@ Giants14–9Timlin (4–2)Williams (6–5)42,55739–27
67June 19@ Giants6–4Herges (3–2)Embree (2–1)42,49939–28
68June 20@ Giants4–0Schmidt (9–2)Arroyo (2–6)42,56839–29
69June 22Twins9–2Schilling (9–4)Lohse (2–5)35,26140–29
70June 23Twins4–2Silva (8–4)Lowe (6–6)Nathan (20)35,23340–30
71June 24Twins4–3 (10)Balfour (2–0)Foulke (2–1)Nathan (21)34,82740–31
72June 25Phillies12–1Martínez (8–3)Abbott (0–2)35,05941–31
73June 26Phillies9–2Madson (5–2)Arroyo (2–7)34,71241–32
74June 27Phillies12–3Schilling (10–4)Myers (5–5)34,73942–32
75June 29@ Yankees11–3Vázquez (9–5)Lowe (6–7)55,23142–33
76June 30@ Yankees4–2Gordon (2–2)Timlin (4–3)Rivera (29)55,02342–34
July (14-12)
77July 1@ Yankees5–4 (13)Sturtze (3–0)Leskanic (0–4)55,26542–35
78July 2@ Braves6–3 (12)Cruz (2–0)Martínez (2–1)42,23142–36
79July 3@ Braves6–1Schilling (11–4)Thomson (6–7)51,83143–36
80July 4@ Braves10–4Hampton (3–8)Lowe (6–8)41,41443–37
81July 6Athletics11–0Wakefield (5–5)Zito (4–6)35,30244–37
82July 7Athletics11–3Martínez (9–3)Redman (6–6)35,01245–37
83July 8Athletics8–7 (10)Leskanic (1–4)Lehr (0–1)35,14446–37
84July 9Rangers7–0Arroyo (3–7)Benoit (3–4)35,03047–37
85July 10Rangers14–6Lowe (7–8)Rogers (12–3)35,02448–37
86July 11Rangers6–5Shouse (2–0)Foulke (2–2)Cordero (27)34,77848–38
87July 15@ Angels8–1Washburn (10–4)Lowe (7–9)43,62348–39
88July 16@ Angels4–2Martínez (10–3)Escobar (5–6)Foulke (14)43,77149–39
89July 17@ Angels8–3Colón (7–8)Wakefield (5–6)43,74649–40
90July 18@ Angels6–2Schilling (12–4)Lackey (7–9)43,61350–40
91July 19@ Mariners8–4 (11)Myers (4–1)Leskanic (1–5)42,89850–41
92July 20@ Mariners9–7Lowe (8–9)Piñeiro (5–11)Foulke (15)46,02451–41
93July 21Orioles10–5Bédard (4–4)Martínez (10–4)35,02351–42
94July 22Orioles8–3López (8–6)Alvarez (0–1)34,69751–43
95July 22Orioles4–0Wakefield (6–6)Borkowski (1–2)35,37052–43
96July 23Yankees8–7Gordon (3–3)Foulke (2–3)Rivera (35)34,93352–44
97July 24Yankees11–10Mendoza (1–0)Rivera (1–1)34,50153–44
98July 25Yankees9–6Lowe (9–9)Contreras (8–4)Foulke (16)35,00654–44
99July 26@ Orioles12–5Martínez (11–4)Bédard (4–5)42,11355–44
July 27@ OriolesPostponed (rain) Rescheduled for October 2
100July 28@ Orioles4–1Borowski (2–2)Schilling (12–5)42,11355–45
101July 30@ Twins8–2Arroyo (4–7)Lohse (4–8)34,26356–45
102July 31@ Twins5–4Rincón (9–3)Embree (2–2)Nathan (29)40,28356–46
August (21-7)
103August 1@ Twins4–3Santana (10–6)Timlin (4–4)Nathan (30)38,75156–47
104August 2@ Devil Rays6–3 (10)Wakefield (7–6)Hendrickson (8–9)Foulke (17)21,83557–47
105August 3@ Devil Rays5–2Schilling (13–5)Bell (4–5)20,88258–47
106August 4@ Devil Rays5–4Harper (3–2)Arroyo (4–8)Báez (23)18,13358–48
107August 6@ Tigers4–3Novoa (1–0)Lowe (9–10)Urbina (18)40,67458–49
108August 7@ Tigers7–4Martínez (12–4)Bonderman (6–9)42,60759–49
109August 8@ Tigers11–9Wakefield (8–6)Robertson (9–7)Foulke (18)40,09860–49
110August 9Devil Rays8–3Halama (6–5)Schilling (13–6)35,17260–50
111August 10Devil Rays8–4Arroyo (5–8)Sosa (3–1)35,19161–50
112August 11Devil Rays14–4Lowe (10–10)Brazelton (4–4)35,09162–50
113August 12Devil Rays6–0Martínez (13–4)Hendrickson (8–11)34,80463–50
114August 13White Sox8–7Contreras (10–5)Wakefield (8–7)Takatsu (11)35,02863–51
115August 14White Sox4–3Schilling (14–6)Adkins (2–3)Foulke (19)35,01264–51
116August 15White Sox5–4Buehrle (11–6)Arroyo (5–9)Takatsu (12)34,40564–52
117August 16Blue Jays8–4Lowe (11–10)Miller (1–2)Foulke (20)35,27165–52
118August 17Blue Jays5–4 (10)Foulke (3–3)Frederick (0–2)35,10566–52
119August 18Blue Jays6–4Wakefield (9–7)Batista (9–9)34,86767–52
120August 20@ White Sox10–1Schilling (15–6)Buehrle (11–7)38,72068–52
121August 21@ White Sox10–7Arroyo (6–9)Stewart (0–1)Foulke (21)37,30369–52
122August 22@ White Sox6–5Leskanic (2–5)Marte (4–5)Foulke (22)34,35570–52
123August 23@ Blue Jays3–0Lilly (9–8)Martínez (13–5)27,14570–53
124August 24@ Blue Jays5–4Wakefield (10–7)Batista (9–10)Foulke (23)22,21771–53
125August 25@ Blue Jays11–5Schilling (16–6)Towers (9–5)22,47972–53
126August 26Tigers4–1Arroyo (7–9)Johnson (8–12)Foulke (24)35,15373–53
127August 27Tigers5–3Lowe (12–10)Maroth (10–9)Leskanic (3)35,01874–53
128August 28Tigers5–1Martínez (14–5)Bonderman (7–11)35,03275–53
129August 29Tigers6–1Wakefield (11–7)Ledezma (3–2)34,26876–53
130August 31Angels10–7Schilling (17–6)Lackey (11–11)Foulke (25)35,04077–53
September (18-10)
131September 1Angels12–7Adams (5–4)Sele (8–2)35,07678–53
132September 2Angels4–3Lowe (13–10)Colón (13–11)Foulke (26)35,05079–53
133September 3Rangers2–0Martínez (15–5)Wasdin (2–3)Foulke (27)35,15180–53
134September 4Rangers8–6Young (1–1)Wakefield (11–8)Cordero (42)34,67080–54
135September 5Rangers6–5Schilling (18–6)Drese (11–8)34,65281–54
136September 6@ Athletics8–3Arroyo (8–9)Zito (10–10)37,83982–54
137September 7@ Athletics7–1Lowe (14–10)Redman (10–11)29,65983–54
138September 8@ Athletics8–3Martínez (16–5)Hudson (11–5)Foulke (28)39,57584–54
139September 9@ Mariners7–1Madritsch (4–2)Wakefield (11–9)29,65684–55
140September 10@ Mariners13–2Schilling (19–6)Franklin (3–15)38,10085–55
141September 11@ Mariners9–0Arroyo (9–9)Moyer (6–11)44,40186–55
142September 12@ Mariners2–0Meche (5–6)Lowe (14–11)43,74286–56
143September 14Devil Rays5–2Kazmir (2–1)Martínez (16–6)Báez (27)35,11886–57
144September 15Devil Rays8–6Myers (5–1)Núñez (0–3)Foulke (29)35,10587–57
145September 16Devil Rays11–4Schilling (20–6)Hendrickson (8–15)35,04888–57
146September 17@ Yankees3–2Timlin (5–4)Rivera (4–2)Foulke (30)55,12889–57
147September 18@ Yankees14–4Lieber (12–8)Lowe (14–12)55,15389–58
148September 19@ Yankees11–1Mussina (12–9)Martínez (16–7)55,14289–59
149September 20Orioles10–6Grimsley (5–6)Wakefield (11–10)Julio (22)34,75889–60
150September 21Orioles3–2Foulke (4–3)Ryan (3–6)35,08390–60
151September 22Orioles7–6 (12)Leskanic (3–5)Bauer (1–1)35,10391–60
152September 23Orioles9–7Williams (2–0)Mendoza (1–1)35,02691–61
153September 24Yankees6–4Gordon (8–4)Martínez (16–8)Rivera (51)35,02291–62
154September 25Yankees12–5Foulke (5–3)Quantrill (6–3)34,85692–62
155September 26Yankees11–4Schilling (21–6)Brown (10–5)34,58293–62
156September 27@ Devil Rays7–3Arroyo (10–9)Sosa (4–7)17,60294–62
157September 28@ Devil Rays10–8 (11)Mendoza (2–1)Báez (4–4)Foulke (31)20,11695–62
158September 29@ Devil Rays9–4Waechter (5–7)Martínez (16–9)Miller (1)21,27495–63
October (3-1)
159October 1@ Orioles8–3Wakefield (12–10)López (14–9)39,08696–63
160October 2@ Orioles7–5Adams (6–4)Cabrera (12–8)Foulke (32)48,54097–63
161October 2@ Orioles7–5Kim (2–1)Grimsley (5–7)Leskanic (4)47,32098–63
162October 3@ Orioles3–2Chen (2–1)Williamson (0–1)Ryan (3)42,10498–64

Postseason game log

Boston Red Sox 2004 Postseason Game Log (11–3)
American League Division Series vs. Anaheim Angels (3–0)
1October 5@ Angels9–3Schilling (1–0)Washburn (0–1)Angel Stadium of Anaheim44,6081–0W1
2October 6@ Angels8–3Martínez (1–0)Rodríguez (0–1)Foulke (1)Angel Stadium of Anaheim45,1182–0W2
3October 8Angels8–6 (10)Lowe (1–0)Rodríguez (0–2)Fenway Park35,5473–0W3
Red Sox win Series 3–0
1October 12@ Yankees7–10Mussina (1–0)Schilling (0–1)Rivera (1)Yankee Stadium (I)56,1350–1L1
2October 13@ Yankees1–3Lieber (1–0)Martínez (0–1)Rivera (2)Yankee Stadium (I)56,1360–2L2
3October 16Yankees8–19Vázquez (1–0)Mendoza (0–1)Fenway Park35,1260–3L3
4October 17Yankees6–4 (12)Leskanic (1–0)Quantrill (0–1)Fenway Park34,8261–3W1
5October 18Yankees5–4 (14)Wakefield (1–0)Loaiza (0–1)Fenway Park35,1202–3W2
6October 19@ Yankees4–2Schilling (1–1)Lieber (1–1)Foulke (1)Yankee Stadium (I)56,1283–3W3
7October 20@ Yankees10–3Lowe (1–0)Brown (0–1)Yankee Stadium (I)56,1294–3W4
Red Sox win Series 4–3
World Series vs. St. Louis Cardinals (4–0)
1October 23Cardinals11–9Foulke (1–0)Tavárez (0–1)Fenway Park35,0351–0W1
2October 24Cardinals6–2Schilling (1–0)Morris (0–1)Fenway Park35,0012–0W2
3October 26@ Cardinals4–1Martínez (1–0)Suppan (0–1)Busch Stadium (II)52,0153–0W3
4October 27@ Cardinals3–0Lowe (1–0)Marquis (0–1)Foulke (1)Busch Stadium (II)52,0374–0W4
Red Sox win World Series 4–0

Player stats

Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player[22] G AB H Avg. HR RBI
CJason Varitek137463137.2961873
1BKevin Millar150508151.2971874
2BMark Bellhorn138523138.2641782
SSPokey Reese9624454.221329
3BBill Mueller110399113.2831257
LFManny Ramirez152568175.30843130
CFJohnny Damon150621189.3042094
RFGabe Kapler13629079.272633
DHDavid Ortiz150582175.30141139

Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Orlando Cabrera5822867.294631
Kevin Youkilis7220854.260735
Doug Mirabelli5916045.281932
Nomar Garciaparra3815650.321521
David McCarty8915139.258417
Trot Nixon4814947.315623
Doug Mientkiewicz4910723.215110
Dave Roberts458622.256214
César Crespo527913.16502
Brian Daubach307517.22728
Ricky Gutiérrez214011.27503
Ellis Burks11336.18211
Andy Dominique7112.18201
Adam Hyzdu17103.30012
Sandy Martínez340.00000
Earl Snyder141.25000

Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player[22] G IP W L ERA SO
Curt Schilling32226.22163.26203
Pedro Martínez33217.01693.90227
Tim Wakefield32188.112104.87116
Derek Lowe33182.214125.42105
Bronson Arroyo32178.21094.03142
Abe Alvarez15.0019.002

Other pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player[22] G IP W L ERA SO
Byung-hyun Kim717.1216.236
Pedro Astacio58.20010.386

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Keith Foulke7253322.1779
Mike Timlin765414.1356
Alan Embree712204.1337
Curtis Leskanic323223.5822
Scott Williamson280111.2628
Ramiro Mendoza272103.5213
Mike Myers251004.209
Lenny DiNardo220004.2321
Terry Adams192006.0021
Mark Malaska191104.5012
Anastacio Martínez112108.445
Jimmy Anderson50006.003
Jaime Brown40005.876
Dave McCarty30002.454
Bobby Jones30105.403
Joe Nelson300016.885
Phil Seibel20000.001
Frank Castillo20000.000

Division Series


Boston began the playoffs by sweeping the AL West champion Anaheim Angels. The Red Sox blew out the Angels 9–3 in Game 1, scoring 7 of those runs in the fourth inning. However, the Sox' 2003 off season prize pickup Curt Schilling suffered a torn tendon when he was hit by a line drive. The injury was exacerbated when Schilling fielded a ball rolling down the first base line. The second game, pitched by Pedro Martínez, stayed close until Boston scored four in the ninth to win 8–3. In game three, what looked to be a blowout turned out to be a nail-biter, as Vladimir Guerrero hit a grand slam off Mike Timlin in the top of the seventh inning to tie it at six. 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. The Red Sox advanced to a rematch in the 2004 American League Championship Series against their bitter rivals, the New York Yankees.

League Championship Series

Despite high hopes that the Red Sox would finally vanquish their nemesis from the Bronx, the series started disastrously for them. Curt Schilling pitched with the torn tendon sheath in his right ankle he had suffered in Game 1 of the Division Series against Anaheim, and was routed for six runs in three innings. Yankee starter Mike Mussina had six perfect innings, and held an 8–0 lead. Despite the Sox' best effort to come back (they scored seven runs to make it 8–7), they ended up losing 10–7. In Game 2, already with his Yankees leading 1–0 for most of the game, John Olerud hit a two-run home run to put the New York team up for good. The Sox were soon down three games to none after a 19–8 loss in Game 3 at home. In that game, the two clubs set the record for most runs scored in a League Championship Series game. At that point in the history of baseball, no team had come back to win from a 3–0 series deficit (only the 1998 Atlanta Braves and 1999 New York Mets had ever gotten as far as a Game 6).

In Game 4, the Red Sox found themselves facing elimination, trailing 4–3 in the ninth with Yankees closer Mariano Rivera on the mound. After Rivera issued a walk to Kevin Millar, Dave Roberts came on to pinch run and promptly stole second base, this being what many consider the turning point in the series.[24][25][26] He then scored on an RBI single by Bill Mueller which sent the game to extra innings. The Red Sox went on to win the game on a two-run home run by David Ortiz in the 12th inning. In Game 5, the Red Sox were again down late, this time by the score of 4–2, as a result of Derek Jeter's bases-clearing triple. But the Sox struck back in the eighth, as Ortiz hit a homer over the Green Monster to bring the Sox within a run. Then Jason Varitek hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Dave Roberts, scoring the tying run. The game would go for 14 innings, capped off by many squandered Yankee opportunities (they were 1 for 13 with runners in scoring position). In the top of the 12th inning, the knuckleballing Tim Wakefield came in from the bullpen, without his customary "personal catcher", Doug Mirabelli. Varitek, the starting catcher, had trouble with Wakefield's tricky knuckleballs in the 13th: he allowed three passed balls in the top of the 13th. The third and last of those gave the Yankees runners on second and third with two out. The Red Sox were spared, however, as Rubén Sierra struck out to end the inning. In the bottom of the 14th, Ortiz would again seal the win with a game-winning RBI single that brought home Damon. The game set the record for longest postseason game in terms of time (5 hours and 49 minutes) and for the longest American League Championship Series game (14 innings), though the former has since been broken.

With the series returning to Yankee Stadium for Game 6, the improbable comeback continued, with Curt Schilling pitching on an ankle that had three sutures wrapped in a bloody white sock (red with a blood stain). Schilling struck out four, walked none, and only allowed one run over seven innings to lead the team to victory. Mark Bellhorn also helped in the effort as he hit a three-run home run in the fourth inning. Originally called a double, the umpires conferred and agreed that the ball had actually gone into the stands before falling back into the field of play. A key play came in the bottom of the eighth inning with Derek Jeter on first and Alex Rodríguez facing Bronson Arroyo. Rodríguez hit a ground ball down the first base line. Arroyo fielded it and reached out to tag him as he raced down the line. Rodríguez slapped at the ball and it came loose, rolling down the line. Jeter scored and Rodríguez ended up on second. After conferring, however, the umpires called Rodríguez out on interference and returned Jeter to first base, the second time in the game they reversed a call. Yankees fans, upset with the calls, littered the field with debris. The umpires called police clad in riot gear to line the field in the top of the 9th inning. In the bottom of the ninth, the Yankees staged a rally and brought former Red Sox player Tony Clark, who had played well against the Red Sox since leaving the team, to the plate as the potential winning run. Closer Keith Foulke however, struck out Clark to end the game and force a Game 7. In this game, the Red Sox completed their historic comeback on the strength of Derek Lowe's one-hit, one-run pitching and Johnny Damon's two home runs, including a grand slam in the second inning off the first pitch of reliever Javier Vázquez, and defeated the New York Yankees, 10–3. Ortiz, who had the game-winning RBIs in Games 4 and 5, was named ALCS Most Valuable Player.

Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association, and the National Hockey League are three professional sports that feature best-of-seven games series in their playoffs. Coming back to win a seven-game series when down by three games has only been accomplished by four National Hockey League teams and only one Major League Baseball team in the history of the MLB, NBA, and NHL.
The 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL) came back from being down by three games to the Detroit Red Wings to win the 1942 Stanley Cup.
The 1975 New York Islanders (NHL) did the same when they came back to beat the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 1975 Stanley Cup Quarterfinals.
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.
The Los Angeles Kings,in the 2013–14 NHL Playoffs defeated the San Jose Sharks in the first round, on their way to winning the 2014 Stanley Cup.

The Boston Red Sox are currently the only team in Major League Baseball history to overcome a three game deficit in either a league or a World Series championship.

2004 World Series

The Red Sox faced the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2004 World Series. The Cardinals had posted the best record in the major leagues that season, and had previously defeated the Red Sox in the 1946 and 1967 Series, with both series going seven games. The third time would be the charm, however, as the momentum and confidence Boston had built up in the ALCS would overwhelm St. Louis. The Red Sox began the Series with an 11–9 win, marked by Mark Bellhorn's game-winning home run off Pesky's Pole. He later on said that he "just did what he needed to do." It was the highest scoring World Series opening game ever (breaking the previous record set in 1932). The Red Sox would go on to win Game 2 in Boston (thanks to another sensational performance by the bloody-socked Schilling). The Red Sox won both these games despite making 4 errors in each game. In Game 3, Pedro Martínez shut out the Cardinals for seven innings. The Cardinals only made one real threat — in the third inning when they put runners on second and third with no outs. However, the Cardinals' rally was killed by pitcher Jeff Suppan's baserunning gaffe. 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. But as Bellhorn threw out Walker at first base, Suppan inexplicably froze after taking several steps toward home and was thrown out by Sox first baseman David Ortiz as he scrambled back to third. The double play was devastating for St. Louis. The Red Sox needed one more game to win their first championship since the 1918 World Series. In Game Four the Red Sox did not allow a run, and the game ended as Édgar Rentería (who would become the 2005 Red Sox starting SS) hit the ball back to Keith Foulke. (This was the second time that Rentería had ended a Series, as he had won it for the Marlins seven years prior in the 1997 World Series.) After Foulke lobbed the ball to Doug Mientkiewicz, the Sox had won their first World Championship in 86 years. The Sox held the Cardinals' offense (the best in the NL in 2004) to only three runs in the last three games, never trailing in the Series. Manny Ramírez was named World Series MVP. The Red Sox won Game Four of the series on October 27, eighteen years to the day from when they lost to the New York Mets in the 1986 World Series. In fact, it came 18 years to the day they lost their last World Series game, as they would sweep the 2004 series.

The Red Sox performed well in the 2004 postseason. From the eighth inning of Game 5 of the American League Championship Series against the Yankees (a tie) until the end of the World Series, the Sox played 60 innings, and never trailed at any point. This was only the fourth World Series ever played in which the losing team had never held a lead.

The Boston Red Sox are honored at the White House by President George W. Bush following the side's winning the 2004 World Series.

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 Red Sox won the title about eleven minutes before totality ended. Many Red Sox fans who were turned away due to no tickets for the game were allowed to watch the final inning from the confines of Busch Stadium after being let in free of charge.

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!"

The Red Sox held a parade (or as Boston mayor Thomas Menino put it, a "rolling rally") on Saturday, October 30, 2004. A crowd of more than three million people filled the streets of Boston to cheer as the team rode on the city's famous Duck Boats. The parade followed the same route the New England Patriots took following their victories in Super Bowls Super Bowl XXXVI in 2002 and Super Bowl XXXVIII in February.

Following their 2004 World Series win, the Red Sox replaced the dirt from the field as a "fresh start". They earned many accolades from sports media and throughout the nation for their incredible season.

Pitcher Derek Lowe said that with the win, the chants of "1918!" would no longer echo at Yankee Stadium again.[27]

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.[28] The Patriots winning Super Bowl XXXIX in the ensuing offseason made Boston the first city to have two Super Bowls and one World Series championship over a span of 12 months since Pittsburgh in 1979–1980.[28]

After the Bruins won the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals, which made Boston the first city to win championships in all four sports leagues in the new millennium, Dan Shaughnessy of The Boston Globe ranked all seven championships by the Boston teams (the Patriots in the Super Bowls played in 2002, 2004 and 2005, the Red Sox in 2004 and 2007, the Celtics in 2008, and the Bruins in 2011) and picked the Red Sox win in 2004 as the greatest Boston sports championship during the ten-year span.[29]

Awards and honors

All-Star Game

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Pawtucket Red Sox International League Buddy Bailey
AA Portland Sea Dogs Eastern League Ron Johnson
A-Advanced Sarasota Red Sox Florida State League Todd Claus
A Augusta GreenJackets South Atlantic League Chad Epperson
A-Short Season Lowell Spinners New York–Penn League Luis Alicea
Rookie GCL Red Sox Gulf Coast League Ralph Treuel
Rookie DSL Red Sox Dominican Summer League Nelson Paulino
Rookie VSL Red Sox Venezuelan Summer League Josman Robles

VSL team was also known as Ciudad Alianza.


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