- 2007 World Series
Infobox World Series Expanded
year = 2007
runnerup_games = 90-73, .552, GB: ½
Boston Red Sox(4)
champion_games = 96-66, .593, GA: 2
October 24– October 28
television = FOX (U.S.), RSN (Canada),
NASN(Europe), Five (UK), ESPN Latin America, (Dominican Republic)
Joe Buckand Tim McCarver
radio_network = ESPN
Jon Millerand Joe Morgan
umpires = Ed Montague,
Laz Díaz, Ted Barrett, Chuck Meriwether, Mike Everitt, Mike Reillycite news |title=Montague to head World Series crew |url=http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20071023&content_id=2279458&vkey=news_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb |publisher= MLB.com|date= 2007-10-23|accessdate=2007-10-23]
Boston Red Soxover Cleveland Indians(4–3)
Colorado Rockiesover Arizona Diamondbacks(4–0)
The 2007 World Series, the 103rd edition of
Major League Baseball's championship series, began on Wednesday, October 24and ended on Sunday, October 28.
It featured the
National Leaguechampion Colorado Rockies—making their first World Series appearance—and the American Leaguechampion Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox won the Series in four games, sweeping the Rockies to collect their second World Series championship in four seasons and their seventh overall; it also marked the third sweep in four years by the AL champion. Terry Franconabecame the second Red Sox manager to win two World Series titles, joining Bill Carrigan, who won the 1915 and 1916 Series. Including the last three games of the ALCS, the Red Sox outscored their opposition 59–15 over their final seven games. The Rockies, meanwhile, became the first National League team to get swept in a World Series after sweeping the League Championship Series, and just the second team ever to suffer such a fate (1990 Oakland Athletics).
The Rockies entered the Series having won 21 of their last 22 games, going back to the end of the regular season, including sweeps of the
Philadelphia Philliesin the NLDS and the Arizona Diamondbacksin the NLCS. They also beat the San Diego Padres in the NL Wild Card tiebreaker. The Red Sox swept the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheimin the ALDS and defeated the Cleveland Indiansin the ALCS after trailing three games to one, taking the final three contests by a combined score of 30–5. Neither participating team was in the previous year's postseason. The Rockies 8-day layoff was the most in MLB history, caused by their sweep in the NLCS, the ALCS going 7 games, and scheduling by the MLB.
Per the 2006 Collective Bargaining Agreement, [cite web |author= Bloom, Barry M |url=http://mlb.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/news/article.jsp?ymd=20061024&content_id=1722211&vkey=news_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb |title= MLB, union announce new labor deal |publisher= MLB |date=
2006-10-25|accessdate= 2007-10-30] the Red Sox had home field advantagein the World Series following the American League's 5–4 win in the 2007 All-Star Game. The first two games took place in Boston, with Games 3 and 4 in Denver.
The World Series was televised by FOX in the
United States, with Joe Buckand Tim McCarveras booth announcers. The starting time for each television broadcast was 8:00 pm EDT/6:00 pm MDT.
Rogers Sportsnet (RSN) in
Canadaused the MLB International feed with Dave O'Brienand Rick Sutcliffeas booth announcers. NASNshowed the games live to most of Europe, while in the UK, all games were shown terrestrially on Five. NHKaired the Series in Japan.
On radio, the Series was broadcast nationally by ESPN Radio, with
Jon Millerand Joe Morganannouncing. Locally, Joe Castiglioneand Glenn Geffnercalled the Series for the Red Sox on WRKO-AM in Boston, while Jack Corriganand Jeff Kingerycalled it for the Rockies on KOA-AM in Denver. Per contractual obligation, the non-flagship stations on the teams' radio networks carried the ESPN Radio broadcasts.
Boston Red Sox(4) vs NL Colorado Rockies(0)
October 24, 2007at Fenway Parkin Boston, MassachusettsLinescore
Josh Beckett(1-0)|LP= Jeff Francis(0-1)|SV=
The Red Sox cruised to a blowout win in Game One behind ALCS MVP
Josh Beckett, who struck out nine batters, including the first four he faced, en route to his fourth win of the 2007 postseason (and the sixth of his career). Rookie Dustin Pedroialed off the Sox' first inning with a home runover the Green Monsterin Fenway Park. Pedroia's homer was only the second lead-off home run to start a World Series; the only other one was in 1969). Boston scored three runs in the first inning, which proved to be all the runs they would need, and added seven more in the fifth inning, in which Boston had the last six of its 17 hits, and three bases-loaded walks. The Red Sox finished with 13 runs, the most ever in a World Series Game One, and tied another record with nine extra base hits.
October 25, 2007at Fenway Parkin Boston, MassachusettsLinescore
Curt Schilling(1-0)|LP= Ubaldo Jimenez(0-1)|SV= Jonathan Papelbon(1)|
After the debacle of Game 1, Colorado appeared to return to form, scoring quickly on a groundout by
Todd Helton. However, postseason veteran Curt Schilling(5⅓ IP, 1 run, 4 hits) and Boston's bullpen (Okajima, 2⅓ IP; Papelbon, 1⅓ IP) allowed no other runs in the contest. Mike Lowell's RBI double gave Boston the lead after Jason Varitek's sacrifice fly had tied the game in the middle innings. Matt Hollidayhad four of Colorado's five hits in Game Two, including a base hit off Papelbon with two outs in the 8th. Before throwing another pitch, Papelbon caught Holliday leaning too far off first base and picked him off—Papelbon's first career pickoff.
October 27, 2007at Coors Fieldin Denver, ColoradoLinescore
Daisuke Matsuzaka(1-0)|LP= Josh Fogg(0-1)|SV= Jonathan Papelbon(2)
This was the first World Series game ever played in Colorado. At 4 hours 19 minutes, it became the longest nine-inning game in World Series history. The Red Sox struck first with a six-run 3rd inning highlighted by rookie
Jacoby Ellsburyhitting two doubles in the same inning. Starting pitcher Daisuke Matsuzakapitched 5 innings of scoreless ball and left in the sixth with no runs allowed. As part of the six-run 3rd inning, Matsuzaka helped himself with a bases loaded two-RBI single. It was his first base hit and RBI in the Major Leagues. Colorado starter Josh Foggwas taken out of the game after just 2⅔ IP. The Rockies' bats came to life in the 6th and 7th innings against a normally solid but shaky Boston bullpen. Regular Season NL MVP candidate Matt Hollidaybrought the Rockies to within one run of the lead with a three-run home run off Hideki Okajima. Rookies Ellsbury and Dustin Pedroia, who had four and three hits, respectively, on the night—the first time in World Series history two rookies each had at least three hits in a game—would get those runs back for the Red Sox in the top of the 8th, scoring Julio Lugoand Coco Crispon back-to-back RBI doubles, raising Boston's lead to 9–5. Jonathan Papelbon came on for a 4-out save, getting Holliday to fly out on one pitch, leaving runners on 1st and 2nd. Jason Varitek would tack on Boston's 10th run in the top of the 9th with a sacrifice fly, scoring Mike Lowell who, not generally considered a stolen base threat, had just stolen third base—the first time a Red Sox baserunner stole 3rd base in the World Series since 1975. Papelbon came back out in the bottom of the 9th to complete the save, getting the first two outs before surrendering a 2-out triple to Brad Hawpe, then finishing the game with a groundout from Yorvit Torrealba. The Red Sox took Game Three by a final of 10–5.
The Red Sox continued to set World Series records during Game Three:
*Ellsbury (four hits) and Pedroia (three) combined to score three runs and drive in four, while being the first rookies to bat 1–2 in a World Series lineup.
*Ellsbury became the third rookie in Series history with four hits in a game, joining
Fred Lindstromof the New York Giants (Game 5, 1924) and Joe Garagiola of the Cardinals (Game 4, 1946).
*Matsuzaka became the first Japanese pitcher to start and win a World Series game. The only pitchers in Red Sox history, other than Matsuzaka, to have two RBI and be the winning pitcher were
Babe Ruthin 1918 and Cy Youngin 1903.
*The Red Sox' 16 doubles tied a World Series record, set by the 1982 Cardinals. The Red Sox would break the record in Game 4, finishing with 18.
October 28, 2007at Coors Fieldin Denver, ColoradoLinescore
Jon Lester(1-0)|LP= Aaron Cook(0-1)|SV= Jonathan Papelbon(3)
Mike Lowell(1), Bobby Kielty(1)|HomeHR= Garrett Atkins(1), Brad Hawpe(1)|
Boston Red Soxstruck offensively early in the game. BostonRookie Jacoby Ellsburybegan the 1st inningwith a double and was advanced by Dustin Pedroiawith a groundout, followed by an RBI single from David Ortiz. In the seventh inning, series MVP Mike Lowellhit a home run to give Boston a 3–0 lead. The Colorado Rockiesoffense answered when left fielder Brad Hawpehit a home run off of a Manny Delcarmenfastball, bringing the Rockies within two. Relief pitcher Brian Fuentesgave back that run abruptly, allowing Bostonpinch-hitter Bobby Kieltyto hit a ball into the left field stands on the first pitch of the inning, extending the Red Sox lead to 4–1. In the next inning Boston Red Soxpitcher Hideki Okajimaallowed a one-out single to Todd Heltonfollowed by a Garrett Atkins2-run home run, bringing the Rockies within one. Jonathan Papelbonrelieved Okajima and earned his third save of the series. At 12:06 am EDT on Monday, October 29, Papelbon struck out Colorado pinch hitter Seth Smithfor the final out of the 2007 World Series. Boston had won its second World Series title in four years and seventh all-time.
2007 World Series (4-0):
Boston Red Sox(A.L.) over Colorado Rockies(N.L.)Linescore
Boston Red Sox
Total Attendance: 173,127 Average Attendance: 43,282 | Winning Player’s Share: – $308,236 Losing Player’s Share – $233,505cite web|url=http://www.baseball-almanac.com/ws/wsshares.shtml|title=World Series Gate Receipts and Player Shares|accessdate=2008-05-07|publisher=Baseball Almanac]
October 17, 2007, a week before the first game of the World Series, the Colorado Rockies announced that tickets would be made available to the general public via online sales only, despite prior arrangements to sell the tickets at local retail outlets. [cite press release | url= http://colorado.rockies.mlb.com/news/press_releases/press_release.jsp?ymd=20071017&content_id=2270051&vkey=pr_col&fext=.jsp&c_id=col| title= Rockies announce change to World Series ticket policy|publisher= Colorado Rockies| date= 2007-10-17|accessdate=2007-10-30] Five days later, California-based ticket vendor Paciolan, Inc., the sole contractor authorized by the Colorado Rockies to distribute tickets, was forced to suspend sales after less than an hour due to an exorbitant number of purchase attempts. [cite press release |url=http://colorado.rockies.mlb.com/news/press_releases/press_release.jsp?ymd=20071022&content_id=2276226&vkey=pr_col&fext=.jsp&c_id=col|title= Club statement regarding World Series tickets
The Rockies organization said that they were the victims of a
denial-of-service attack; [cite news |url=http://cbs.sportsline.com/mlb/story/10427218/rss|title=Rockies sell out World Series tickets day after 'malicious attack'|date= 2007-10-23|publisher=CBS Sports | accessdate = 2007-10-30] The FBI has started its own investigation into these claims. [cite web |url= http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/news?slug=ap-rockies-seriestickets |title=FBI opens investigation into 'attack' on crash of Colorado Rockies' ticket system |publisher=Yahoo sports |date= 2007-10-26| accessdate=2007-10-30] Ticket sales resumed the next day, with all three home games selling out within 2½ hours.
The Red Sox also relied primarily on online sales to sell the game tickets, although some Fenway Park tickets were sold on the phone and at the box office. The Sox held a random drawing for the right to buy post season tickets on
October 15, and winners bought tickets at a private online sale. [cite news |url= http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/articles/2007/10/23/rockies_world_series_tickets_sell_out/ |title= Rockies World Series tickets sell out |publisher=Boston Globe |date= 2007-10-23|accessdate=2007-10-30] Street prices were lower in Boston this time than in 2004: the average price, according to StubHub, was about $1500 in 2007, down about $300 from three years previously. [cite news |author= Mohl, Bruce |url= http://www.boston.com/business/globe/articles/2007/10/23/this_time_the_tickets_cost_a_smaller_fortune/ |title= This time, the tickets cost a smaller fortune|publisher= Boston Globe | date= 2007-10-23|accessdate=2007-10-30] Some Sox fans found that it was cheaper to travel to Denver to see World Series games than to pay the street price for Boston game tickets. [cite news |author= Cook, Robert M|url=http://www.fosters.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071028/FOSTERS01/710280078 |title= Sox fans save big bucks by heading to Denver to see the World Series|publisher= Foster's Daily Democrat |date= 2007-10-28|accessdate= 2007-10-30]
While the celebratory crowd at
Kenmore Squarewas not as unruly as had been the case in 2004, cars were overturned and 37 arrests were made. [cite news |url=http://blogs.usatoday.com/ondeadline/2007/10/at-least-37-arr.html |title=At least 37 arrested during Red Sox 'celebrations' |publisher=USA Today |date= October 29 2007|accessdate=2007-11-01] The Red Sox victory parade, yet again called a "Rolling Rally" as in 2004, was on October 30, 2007 with closer Jonathan Papelbondoing his infamous "Riverdance" while local punk band the Dropkick Murphysplayed their hit " I'm Shipping Up to Boston"
*cite web |author=Forman, Sean L. |title=2007 World Series |date= |work=Baseball-Reference.com - Major League Statistics and Information. |url=http://www.baseball-reference.com/postseason/2007_WS.shtml |accessdate=2007-12-09
* [http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/ps/y2007/index.jsp MLB World Series Home]
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