By Kyle Schroeder – Contributing Writer
The 2016 regular season for the Red Sox went as well as anyone could have expected. There was so much excitement, not only from the team winning the AL East, but in the way David Ortiz played out his farewell season, and the emergence of the young players on the roster. The Sox entered the playoffs as the trendy World Series pick, but once the playoffs started, everything went wrong. The Cleveland Indians swept the Sox and Ortiz’s career failed to achieve the storybook ending everyone had hoped for.
The 2017 season launches a new era in Red Sox baseball. Ortiz will not be on the team for the first time in 14 years, newly-acquired Chris Sale will be leading the pitching staff, and Mookie Betts will be the face of the team. The answers to five key questions can help tell who the Red Sox will be this season.
By James Payne and Ryan Fitzgerald – 1851 Staff & Co-Editor-in-Chief
The Chicago Cubs are going to the World Series. First time anyone can say that with truth to it since 1945. The Cleveland Indians will make their first appearance since 1997. The Cubs haven’t won it all in 108 years and the Indians haven’t taken home the trophy in 68 years. History is before us and it feels humbling to witness it. But you know who else is in the World Series this year? A lot of former Boston Red Sox.
By Ryan Fitzgerald – Co-Editor-in-Chief
This moment was always coming, but I’m not sure anyone thought it would come like this. Even if you didn’t think the Sox would win it all, I don’t think you predicted this. A sweep? C’mon. After all he has done for the Sox and entire city of Boston, that’s how Papi’s career is going to end? The Cleveland Indians sweep the Boston Red Sox three games in a row? No. He has to come back right? No. One more year? No. That was a dream, more like a nightmare. The Sox are still playing tonight. Nope. It’s over. And it really hurts.
By James Payne – 1851 Staff
The last time the New England Patriots and Boston Red Sox played on the same day was nearly three years ago, October 13, 2013. I remember this distinctly because I was at the Patriots game against the New Orleans Saints at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots were losing late in the game. I left early (per my dad’s request) and while we were walking to the car we heard a roar from the stadium as Brady threw a game-winning touchdown pass with five seconds to spare.
By James Payne – 1851 Staff
In 1997, David Ortiz made his Major League Baseball (MLB) debut with the Minnesota Twins where he would spend five seasons. But he really made a name for himself right here in Boston where he has 14 unforgettable seasons. On October 2, 2016, David Ortiz will play his final regular season MLB game with the Red Sox.
Zachary Gray – Co-Editor-In-Chief
The Boston Red Sox defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 6-1 in Game 6 of the World Series to capture its third title in 10 seasons. Boston slugger David Ortiz was named World Series MVP. The Red Sox clinched the World Series at Fenway Park for the first time since 1918.
Members of the Lasell community took in the game at Boston bars, dorms, and even at Fenway Park. Many people used the hashtag #BostonStrong when Tweeting about the victory, as the Red Sox became the symbol of hope and strength following the Boston Marathon bombings.
Click the image below to read a compilation of tweets by the Lasell community as they put their thoughts on the championship into words.
A Storify compilation of Tweets by the Lasell community on the Red Sox championship.