It?s been a long time coming, but the Yankees are finally looking up at the American League East Boston Red Sox. A lot has happened in the past twelve years, a lot has changed in the past twelve years. A lot of great players have come and gone in that twelve-year span, some of which are still with this team and experiencing the glory of a division title for the first time in Boston.
Let me take you back to ?95 for a second. The last time the Red Sox won the division, Mo Vaughn was blasting home runs all over the place at an MVP pace, no one ever dreamed of seeing our beloved ?Rocket? Roger Clemens in a Yankee uniform, Jose Canseco was admired by Boston fans and Troy O?Leary was Mr. Clutch. Oh how things have changed.
The Red Sox have a lot of new faces on the ?07 squad, however they do have players that have been with this team through recent years. This team not only possesses players that never experienced a division title with Boston, this team has players that have never experienced a Wild Card with Boston. Also worth mentioning is that this team has players that have never experienced the postseason at all.
Although nowhere to be found during the celebration, Manny Ramirez has been with this team for the past seven seasons and has not experienced a Red Sox division championship. Our Captain Jason Varitek has been part of the squad since 1997 and doesn?t know what it feels like to be a division champion with the Olde Town Team. The only Red Sox player to ever taste division championship glory is Mr. Reliable himself, Tim Wakefield.
A lot of talent has put the Red Sox in a position to capture the division crown but have all come up short. The likes of Hall of Famer to be, Pedro Martinez has graced the Red Sox franchise with his services and although making the summer classic team four times in his seven-year stint with Boston, he was never able to get Boston over the hump.
A young phenom by the name of Nomar Garciaparra (remember him?) came up through the Red Sox system and quickly became the face of the Red Sox franchise. He was on a first name basis with Red Sox Nation since his very first at bat with the club. He reminded the great Ted Williams of Joe DiMaggio. Coming from the greatest hitter of all time to compare you to one of the greatest baseball players of all time, I?d say you?re quite the ball player and how about that, he plays for the Red Sox. With the hitting talent that nearly drove him to become the first player since Ted Williams himself to hit .400 in a season, Nomar never celebrated a Red Sox division title in his career.
As we are all well aware, you don?t have to win your respective division to be a World Series contender (cough 2004 cough) it means a lot to the fans and to the franchise that the Red Sox were finally able to bring the AL East division championship back home. The fans have been behind this team all season long and they all had the mindset of Division title or bust. Well, the Red sox did not let us down. Let?s just hope that they make not letting us down a trend all through the playoffs en route to their second World Championship in the past four years.