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2004 World Series
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Sox return home to faithful
By Tom Singer /  10/28/2004
Hundreds of Red Sox Nationalists pushed up against railings aligned along Yawkey Way, remnants of Wednesday night's World Series Championship celebratory throngs. They had never left, continuing their vigil in near-freezing temperatures, awaiting their heroes. Full story >
Sox wrap a season for the ages  Personnel changes key remarkable run
'Rolling Rally' to be held Saturday  Celebration begins at 10 a.m. ET at Fenway Park
Schilling fulfills mission  Right-hander at a loss to describe championship
McKeon on Wild Card three-peat  Red Sox join Marlins and Angels as champions
Babe: There was no curse  Sultan of Swat congratulates Red Sox
Few visit Babe's grave to celebrate  Red Sox end 86-year 'Curse of the Bambino'
Cubs still waiting to break through  Chicago last won World Series in 1908
Sox all alone atop AL drought list  Chicago teams combine for 183 years without title
Press Row: Celebrating the Red Sox  What writers are saying about Boston's championship

10/27, GAME 4:  Red Sox 3, Cardinals 0  Wrap >
Magic 8 ball: Sox rack up history
By Ian Browne /  10/28/2004
In the baseball-crazed region of New England, they will no longer cuss about mythical curses. Red Sox players will no longer be force-fed history lessons on the generations of championship futility that preceded them. Full story >
October now belongs to Red Sox  Drought-ending championship the stuff of legend
Life good for game, Commissioner  Red Sox win in Series caps banner year for baseball
Red Sox set record with Series win  Club first to close a postseason with eight straight wins
For Boston, 1918 a thing of the past  A look back to the year the Sox made ancient history
Spanning the globe to see history  Fans come from far and wide to see Sox win in St. Louis
Huge impact on Boston, say experts  Sox victory possibly biggest moment in city's history
They said it: Game 4 quotes  Players, fans and others talk about the Series clincher
Facts machine  Sox make leap down list of teams searching for a ring
Sox epitomize magic of baseball  Postseason joyride provides indelible memories
Game balls: Rating Game 4  Red Sox earn kudos for burying curse
Manny, Barry win '04 Aaron Awards  Fan voting determines best all-around offensive players
Hank Aaron Award presentation  Barry Bonds and Manny Ramirez are 2004 winners
Stars align at Game 4  From Brock to beer pitchman, Busch is where it's at
World Series Game 4 Hot Sheet  A look at topics of note prior to Wednesday's game
 Baseball Daily News / Cardinals
Cardinals shut out in clincher  Redbirds fall to Red Sox after 105-win season
Booming bats silenced in Series  Cards credit Boston pitching for baffling potent hitters
Cards' season should be celebrated  Despite rough ending, Redbirds accomplished much
Cards tip caps to Red Sox  Redbirds philosophical about World Series loss
Facts machine  Cardinals' sluggers shut down by Red Sox
Sanders reflects on season  World Series loss doesn't tarnish splendid season
Notes: La Russa tweaks lineup  Rolen, Edmonds yet to get going in World Series
Facts machine  Teams with the best record swept in seven Series
Cards fan wins World Series tickets  Surfing club's Web site lands professor at Game 4
Tony La Russa postgame quotes  Manager compliments Red Sox on well played series
Tony La Russa pregame quotes  Manager talks about team execution, lineup changes
 Baseball Daily News / Red Sox
Boston powers: Pitching, baby  Lowe authors another clutch performance in Game 4
Manny named World Series MVP  Bat, arm earn him award after Game 4 clincher
Millar: An amazing feeling  First baseman reflects on Boston's historic season
Francona gets his wish  First-year skipper guides Red Sox to World Series title
Epstein builds long-awaited winner  Young GM proves ownership made right choice
Red Sox Planet rejoices  Even Antarctica checks in with jubilation
Clutch during closing time  Foulke wraps up great postseason in style
Title is dream come true for Nixon  Outfielder's goal of World Series championship met
A party like none other in Boston  Long-suffering fans earn right to go nuts ... and they do
Facts machine  Boston wins a clincher for the first of seven tries
Sox artifacts Hall of Fame-bound  Foulke's spikes, Pedro's cap to be on display
Notes: 'It was pretty bad'  Red Sox owner still amazed at ALCS comeback
Sox front office has SoCal roots  Epstein, Lucchino among transplants from '90s Padres
Burks ready to end his Series skid  Sox outfielder hopes 18-year career ends with ring
Terry Francona postgame quotes  Manager says team played up to their expectations
Manny Ramirez postgame quotes  MVP comments on winning World Series in a sweep
Terry Francona pregame quotes  Manager says team is not looking past game at hand

10/26, GAME 3:  Red Sox 4, Cardinals 1  Wrap >
Boston's ace trumps Cards
By Ian Browne /  10/27/2004
The Red Sox are a mere 27 outs away from becoming one of the greatest sports stories ever. This, after they silenced the Cardinals, 4-1, in Game 3 of the World Series on Tuesday night at Busch Stadium. Full story >
Planets aligning for Red Sox  Confluence of bizarre events has Boston one win away
Game balls: Rating Game 3  Red Sox move within one win of breaking Curse
Sox want to seal the deal  Lowe, Marquis to do battle in Game 4 on Wednesday
Edgar Martinez wins Clemente  Recently retired DH the first Puerto Rican to win honor
2004 Clemente Award presentation  Martinez, Clemente Jr., Selig and Fulp address media
Game 3 brings out Cards greats  Musial, Gibson among ex-players on hand at Busch
World Series Game 3 Hot Sheet  Ten things to consider before Tuesday's game
 Baseball Daily News / Cardinals
Redbirds' bats silenced in Game 3  Cards down 3-0 in World Series after loss to Red Sox
Athletic Marquis ready for Game 4  Cardinals turn to youngster in must-win situation
Uncharacteristic gaffes hurt Cards  Redbirds appear confused on the base paths in Game 3
How to come back from a 3-0 deficit  Despite uphill climb, World Series isn't over for Cards
Cardinals short hops  St. Louis now faces a must-win Game 4 to stay alive
Sanders staying positive  Outfielder says Cards are calm despite 3-0 deficit
Notes: Kline to see hand specialist  Veteran reliever could be out six weeks or four months
Carpenter honored with TSN award  Selected by magazine as top NL comeback player
Tony La Russa postgame quotes  Manager comments on mistakes, missed opportunities
Jason Marquis pregame quotes  Game 4 pitcher talks about his approach to starting
Tony La Russa pregame quotes  Cardinals manager breaks down the momentum
 Baseball Daily News / Red Sox
Mixed emotions for Pedro in win  Pedro's first Series victory could be last in Sox uniform
Sox up big, but not overconfident  Boston up 3-0, but players know there's still one to win
Millar: We are staying focused  First baseman breaks down Boston's Game 3 victory
Ramirez brings all-around game  Slugger flashes power, shows off arm in Game 3 win
Facts machine  Teams with a 3-0 Series lead are unbeaten
Red Sox short hops  Boston is a win away from ending its 86-year drought
Notes: Faith in Schilling  Arroyo, Francona think hurler would make next start
Boston's success vs. St. Louis  Cities linked by several notable sporting events
Lowe takes shot at ending Series  Right-hander gets first chance to end 86-year drought
Pedro Martinez postgame quotes  Pitcher discusses defense behind him, Boston career
Terry Francona postgame quotes  Manager on team's performance, approach tomorrow
Manny Ramirez postgame quotes  Left fielder comments on his Game 3 performance
Derek Lowe pregame quotes  Boston pitcher talks about getting to the big game
Terry Francona pregame quotes  Manager comments on Red Sox pitching, lineup

10/25, OFF-DAY
World Series shifts to St. Louis
By Mike Bauman /  10/25/2004
For the St. Louis Cardinals, the search is on for something to build on, something to hold on to, something, anything positive. Full story >
It's now Red Sox Planet  From around the globe, fans express hope, elation
St. Louis: Best baseball town?  Several say compassion, knowledge set city apart
Shortstops share native spotlight  Renteria, Cabrera a hit in Colombia
Glavine: Sox must stay focused  As Boston well knows, anything can happen
World Series Game 3 Hot Sheet  Ten things to consider before Tuesday's game
Press Row: Ugly Sox burying curse  What writers are saying about Boston's 2-0 series lead
World Series program a must-read  National pastime celebrated in 200-page anthology
 Baseball Daily News / Cardinals
Suppan hopes to outsmart 'idiots'  Cardinals' Game 3 starter to face ex-Boston mates
Notes: Staff must throw strikes  Walks haunt Cards' hurlers; Marquis a go for Game 4
Cards eager to start over at home  Redbirds are 6-0 at Busch Stadium this postseason
Heart of Cards' order missing  Rolen, Edmonds, Sanders go 3-for-22 in Games 1, 2
Tony La Russa off-day quotes  Manager comments on NL, home-field advantage
Jeff Suppan off-day quotes  Cards' Game 3 starter discusses facing former team
 Baseball Daily News / Red Sox
Pedro preps for defining start  Red Sox expect vintage Martinez magic in Game 3
Foulke proves elite in saving Sox  Closer has pitched 12 scoreless innings in postseason
Shift to Busch means Ortiz's 'D' key  To keep RBI machine in lineup, Sox have to adjust
Notes: Sox adapt to NL rules  Ortiz to play first, Millar to come off bench
Terry Francona off-day quotes  Manager talks about Game 3 pitching matchup

10/24, GAME 2:  Red Sox 6, Cardinals 2  Wrap >
Red Sox have a winning pair
By Ian Browne /  10/25/2004
While the loose tendon in Curt Schilling's right ankle is literally being held together by thread, the Red Sox now have far more stable footing in their quest to bring home the franchise's first World Series championship since 1918. Full story >
Scruffy Sox are gettin' it done  Disheveled looks make Boston's boys the anti-Yanks
Schilling joins class of courage  Boston hurler's gritty performance is one for the ages
Win caps big day in Beantown  Sox grab 2-0 Series lead hours after Pats extend streak
Game balls: Rating Game 2  Schilling, Sox fans earn Sunday night kudos
Cards hope it's better at Busch  World Series shifts to St. Louis for Game 3 on Tuesday
Going to Fenway Park in my mind  Taylor continues trend of local national anthem singers
 Baseball Daily News / Cardinals
Cards miss chances in Game 2  Red Sox win despite committing four errors
Cards eager to start over at home  Redbirds are 6-0 at Busch Stadium this postseason
Heart of Cards' order missing  Rolen, Edmonds, Sanders go 3-for-22 in Games 1, 2
Morris' outing all too familiar  Right-hander's mistakes prove costly to Cardinals
Facts machine  Cardinals a perfect 6-0 on home turf this postseason
Cardinals short hops  St. Louis hopes return to Busch will energize bats
Sanders admits missing second  Cards veteran played it safe by going back to base
Notes: Womack back in lineup  Second baseman OK to play in Game 2 of Series
Tony La Russa postgame quotes  Manager, team disappointed leaving Boston 0-2
Tony Womack pregame quotes  Second baseman talks about his injury, desire to play
Tony La Russa pregame quotes  Manager talks about Game 1 loss, starting rotation
 Baseball Daily News / Red Sox
Schilling guts one out in Game 2  Throws six innings of one-run ball at Cardinals
Sox hitters come through in clutch  All six of Boston's runs driven in with two outs
Millar: The whole team is clicking  Boston's first baseman breaks down Game 2
Sox shrug off rough play in field  Boston makes four more errors, but leads Series, 2-0
Red Sox short hops  Schilling's guts, Red Sox bats lift Boston to 2-0 lead
Facts machine  Red Sox take important 2-0 World Series advantage
Pole vaults into center stage  Trio of Game 1 homers brings attention to Pesky's Pole
Notes: Ortiz protection key to order  Foulke a postseason hero; Damon praises clubhouse
Red Sox fans go belly-up  Autograph seekers in pursuit of players
Curt Schilling postgame quotes  Pitcher talks about his injury situation leading up to start
Terry Francona postgame quotes  Manager talks about Schilling's performance, errors
Johnny Damon pregame quotes  Center fielder talks about the individuality of the team
Terry Francona pregame quotes  Manager says team knows how to pick each other up

10/23, GAME 1:  Red Sox 11, Cardinals 9  Wrap >
Sox market up at opening Bell
By Ian Browne /  10/24/2004
The Red Sox erased all their flaws with the ability to keep swinging. They simply outslugged the Cardinals, 11-9, in Game 1 on Saturday night at Fenway Park. Full story >
So much for a letdown  Sox start Series swiftly with offensive outburst
Sox, Cards downright offensive  Series gets out to fast start with high-scoring shootout
Redbirds can't have flat Matt  Schilling to oppose Morris in Sunday's Game 2
Glavine: This Series fun to watch  Mets lefty has soft spot for hometown Red Sox
Game balls: Rating Game 1  Bellhorn bops BoSox to lead in Fall Classic
McCarver, Buck seeing it all  These playoffs have amazed FOX announcing duo
Party time in Beantown  Fenway enjoys first World Series game since 1986
Sox fan hits Game 1 ticket jackpot  Trip to nets trip to Fenway for Series opener
Celebs, writers weigh in on Series  Phil Jackson supports Cards; Affleck sticks with Sox
Boston-St. Louis: A tale of two cities  Two old baseball towns prepare for culture clash
 Baseball Daily News / Cardinals
Cards' spirited rally falls short  Walker delivers four hits in loss to Red Sox
Haren a bright spot for Cards  Rookie reliever shines on a bad night for pitchers
Walker makes most of Series debut  Outfielder goes 4-for-5, including homer, two doubles
Facts machine  Walker on fire in Game 1 of each postseason series
Williams roughed up early  Cards starter takes responsibility for Game 1 loss
Cards' Morris gets Game 2 start  Right-hander will take mound on three days' rest
Cardinals short hops  St. Louis offense meets its American League match
Injury won't ground Womack  Infielder will play Game 2 after taking hit off collarbone
Sanders not fazed by loss  Veteran says Cards will bounce back from Game 1
Notes: Kline left off Series roster  Carpenter also not part of Cardinals' postseason staff
Tony La Russa postgame quotes  Cardinals manager shares thoughts on Game 1 loss
Matt Morris pregame quotes  St. Louis' Game 2 starter shares thoughts about series
Tony La Russa pregame quotes  Cardinals manager gives thoughts before Game 1
 Baseball Daily News / Red Sox
Bellhorn helps Sox ring up victory  Second baseman's two-run shot leads way in Game 1
Ortiz blasts HR in first Series at-bat  DH takes first pitch into right-field seats, drives in three
Millar: We picked each other up  After miscues, teammates rallied around everybody
Sox market up at opening Bell  Bellhorn belts two-run homer in eighth to deliver win
Facts machine  Eight of last 10 Game 1 winners took series
Sox have crazy 8th, cut Cards  Boston commits four errors but survives Game 1
Schilling set to stitch together a win  Veteran righty expects to see some bunts come his way
Red Sox short hops  Big bats lift Boston to win in World Series opener
Notes: Managing respect  Francona and La Russa think highly of each other
Mark Bellhorn postgame quotes  Second baseman talks about Game 1 offensive battle
Terry Francona postgame quotes  Red Sox manager gives his thoughts on Game 1 win
Curt Schilling pregame quotes  Boston's Game 2 starter gives thoughts on Series
Terry Francona pregame quotes  Manager talks about his lineup, bullpen for Game 1

Bauman: Time to step up
By Mike Bauman  10/22/2004
Now comes the part where the columnist, fresh from that incisive, intrepid Boston-in-seven pick in the ALCS, attempts to take the next crucial step. Full story >
Explosive lineups take center stage  2004 Fall Classic a stark contrast to stingy '67 Series
Best hitters get their biggest stage  Pujols, Ortiz have dominated foes as Series opens
Good fortune for Walker, Cabrera  Trades bring World Series debuts for hitters
World Series Game 1 Hot Sheet  Ten things to consider before Saturday's game
Wild Cards a staple of Fall Classic  Boston trying to become third straight to win it all
'04 Series gives flashbacks to '67  Reliving Yaz, Gibson and the echoes of another era
Claire: Great Series on horizon  History points to exciting matchup
World Series position matchups  Who's got the edge going into the 100th Fall Classic
World Series pitching matchups  A quick look at the starters for the Red Sox and Cards
O Zone efficiency helps Cards, Sox  Success with RISP a key factor in both LCS victories
2004 World Series umpires announced  Twenty-nine-year vet Montague to head crew
 Baseball Daily News / Cardinals
Time right for Cards' Williams  Veteran right-hander tabbed for Game 1 start
La Russa wrestles with DH decision  Weather may factor in Cardinals manager's thinking
Red Sox, Cards set Series rosters  St. Louis reliever Reyes replaces injured Kline
Womack the spark St. Louis lacked  Second baseman dealt by Boston in Spring Training
Notes: Cards rotation up in air  Carpenter a question mark for staff; Tavarez on roster
Sanders: Monster a challenge  Cards outfielder happy to be back in World Series
Facts machine  La Russa already in elite company, looking for more
Woody Williams workout day quotes  St. Louis' Game 1 starter gives his thoughts
Tony La Russa workout day quotes  Cardinals manager discusses start of World Series
 Baseball Daily News / Red Sox
Wakefield gets a second chance  What a difference a year makes for knuckleballer
Millar: We're ready for Series  Slugger says expect no letdown from Sox after ALCS
Red Sox, Cards set Series rosters  St. Louis reliever Reyes replaces injured Kline
Renewed top of order saves Sox  Damon, Bellhorn fight through slump, deliver in finale
Mueller faces hometown Cards  Missouri native grew up Cards fan but a Sox fan now
Ultimate challenge starts for Boston  After beating Yankees, how do Sox focus on Cards?
Notes: Long wait over for Mirabelli  Catcher has been waiting for Series start for a year
Facts machine  Francona could continue recent trend
Chicago eatery wishes Red Sox well  Long-suffering Cubs fans send Boston good luck
Terry Francona workout day quotes  Sox skipper talks about the series vs. the Cardinals
Tim Wakefield workout day quotes  Game 1 starter for Boston talks about getting the ball
Keith Foulke workout day quotes  Sox closer meets media on eve on World Series