2007 World Series

Rox versus Sox in the 2007 World Series.

Find that written anywhere during Spring Training, you won't. The surprise of the year most certainly wore purple & black. The "very good team on a magical roll", as described by Sox General Manager Theo Epstein, won twenty-one of their last twenty-two regular season games, had a team earned run average of 2.05, a bullpen earned run average of 1.55, and set a new Major League record for best fielding percentage by a team during the regular season. Good pitching & good fielding, a winning formula that finally brought Todd Helton to the Fall Classic — magical just might be an understatement.

The Red Sox are "good at drama", again spoken by Epstein, and proved it during the regular season, the Division Series & the 7-game League Championship comeback of the year. They too used the winning formula and had the best earned run average in the American League and second best fielding percentage. Mix in some truly savvy veterans with serious depth of experience and they too could easily be considered magical.

The Major League's only twenty-game winner was a major concern before Game 1 and when Rockies manager Clint Hurdle was asked in the pre-game about the addition of a designated hitter and how it would affect his game decided to cut to what he thought was more important, "It's all going to depend how Beckett pitches tonight. He's really good." Columnist Mike Bauman described that quote as severely understated and thought the manager might really be wanting to say, "If Beckett pitches the way he pitched the last three games, we have the same chance as a snowball in Hades." The good news for the Rockies, Beckett's 2007 postseason ERA worsened after Game 1. The bad news, it went from 1.17 to 1.20 as he allowed only one earned run, walked one batter, and threw sixty-two of his ninety-three pitches for strikes. Spread thirteen runs across his seven solid innings and Game 1 was a walk in the park for the Red Sox.

Curt Schilling said Game 2 was, "The Pap-Okajima Show tonight. That (it) was just phenomenal to watch. Okajima was perfect, absolutely perfect - every single pitch." The veteran hurler wasn't perfect himself, allowing one earned run in the first inning, but was every bit the tough-as-nails October pitcher we've become accustomed to and after 5 1/3, he handed it over to his bullpen who held the 2-1 lead and sent the Series off to the thin air of Denver, Colorado.

Three years to the date the Red Sox clinched their last World Championship, they took a commanding 3-0 lead against the Rockies - this time in Coors Field. During Game 3 the story played out a bit differently: pounce early, hold on and ride out the Rockies first solid comeback attempt, then put it away late. Matt Holliday was a key part of that solid comeback hitting the Rockies first ever World Series home run in the seventh inning with two men on base and putting his club within a run, but the Sox bullpen held the lead and an inning later the Red Sox tacked on three more to secure the game and begin thinking about a sweep.

Twenty-two teams have taken a 3-0 lead during Fall Classics and each of them has gone on to win the World Championship. 2007 would not be different as the Red Sox, who have made the postseason four of the past five years, swept the Rox and won their seventh World Championship. The made-for-television pitching duel of two comeback kids; cancer survivor Jon Lester & blood-cots in the lungs Aaron Cook, provided an unexpected surprise as each hurler made it into the sixth and kept the game within reach. Brad Hawpe gave his Rox hope, and fans in Coors Field something to cheer about, when he blasted a Delcarmen pitch in the seventh inning over the left field wall and put his team within striking distance. Garret Atkins joined the Rox home run Series hitting trio in the eighth, but the bats came alive too late as the Sox matched their Game 4 long ball duo with Mike Lowell & Bobby Keilty.

Baseball Almanac Top Quote

"I think this team (the 2007 Boston Red Sox) is always pretty confident. We're just playing good ball right now." - Kevin Youkilis on MLB.com (Ian Browne, 10/26/2007)

2007 World Series

2007 World Series Program

2007 World Series Official Program

Boston Red Sox (4) vs Colorado Rockies (0)

Game 1
Date / Box Score
Totals 10-24-2007
Location
Totals Fenway Park
Attendance
Totals 36,733
1 st Pitch
From
To
National Anthem
Totals TheBostonPops (Conductedby JohnWilliams )
God Bless America
Ashanti (Actress/Singer/Songwriter)
Totals Stadium Recording
Game 2
Date / Box Score
Location
1 st Pitch
From
To
Andrew Madden
Attendance
36,370
National Anthem
James Taylor (Singer/GrammyWinner)
God Bless America
Boyz II Men (Singer/GrammyWinner)
Stadium Recording
Game 3
Date / Box Score
Totals 10-27-2007
Location
Totals Coors Field
1 st Pitch
From
To
Corporal Kade Hinkhouse
Staff Sergeant Matt Keil
Attendance
Totals 49,983
National Anthem
Totals Carrie Underwood (Singer/GrammyWinner)
God Bless America
Totals Philip Bailey (Lead Singer Earth, Wind & Fire)
Totals Stadium Recording
Game 4
Date / Box Score
Location
1 st Pitch
From
To
Levi Templeton
Attendance
50,041
National Anthem
Trisha Yearwood (Singer/GrammyWinner)
God Bless America
Lonestar (Country Music Band/GrammyWinner)
Stadium Recording
2007 World Series Fast Facts

2007 World Series
Game 1

Line Score / Box Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Colorado 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 0
Boston 3 1 0 2 7 0 0 0 x 13 17 0
Jeff Francis (L)
Franklin Morales (5 th )
Ryan Speier (5 th )
Matt Herges (5 th )
Jeremy Affeldt (7 th )
LaTroy Hawkins (8 th )
Josh Beckett (W)
Mike Timlin (8 th )
Eric Gagne (9 th )
-
-
-
None Dustin Pedroia (1 st )

2007 World Series
Game 2

Line Score / Box Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Colorado 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 0
Boston 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 x 2 6 1
Ubaldo Jimenez (L)
Jeremy Affeldt (5 th )
Matt Herges (5 th )
Brian Fuentes (6 th )
Manny Corpas (8 th )
Curt Schilling (W)
Hideki Okajima (H, 6 th )
JonathanPapelbon (S,8 th )
-
-
None None

2007 World Series
Game 3

Line Score / Box Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Boston 0 0 6 0 0 0 0 3 1 10 15 1
Colorado 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 0 0 5 11 0
Daisuke Matsuzaka (W)
Javier Lopez (6 th )
Mike Timlin (H, 6 th )
Hideki Okajima (H, 7 th )
Manny Delcarmen (8 th )
Jonathan Papelbon (S, 8 th )
Josh Fogg (L)
Franklin Morales (3 rd )
Jeremy Affeldt (6 th )
Matt Herges (7 th )
Brian Fuentes (8 th )
LaTroy Hawkins (9 th )
None Matt Holliday (7 th )

2007 World Series
Game 4

Line Score / Box Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Boston 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 4 9 0
Colorado 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 3 7 0
Jon Lester (W)
Manny Delcarmen (H, 6 th )
Mike Timlin (H, 7 th )
Hideki Okajima (H, 8 th )
Jonathan Papelbon (S, 8 th )
Aaron Cook (L)
Jeremy Affeldt (7 th )
Brian Fuentes (8 th )
Manny Corpas (8 th )
-
Mike Lowell (7 th )
Bobby Kielty (8 th )
Brad Hawpe (7 th )
GarrettAtkins
(8 th )

2007 World Series

Composite Hitting Statistics

p
ss-2,2b-1
cf-2,pr-cf-1
p
rf
cf/rf-3,cf/lf-1
p
ph,dh-1
ph
p
p
3b
ss
p
p
dh-2,1b-2
p
2b
lf
p
p
c
1b
1
2
3
2
4
4
0
1
1
1
1
4
4
1
2
4
2
4
4
1
2
4
4
0
0
2
0
15
16
0
1
1
2
0
15
13
3
0
15
0
18
16
0
0
15
9
0
0
1
0
5
7
0
0
1
0
0
6
5
1
0
5
0
5
4
0
0
5
2
0
0
0
0
2
4
0
0
0
0
0
3
1
0
0
3
0
1
1
0
0
1
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
1
4
0
0
1
0
0
6
2
0
0
4
0
2
3
0
0
2
3
0
0
0
0
2
3
0
0
1
0
0
4
1
2
0
4
0
4
2
0
0
5
1
.000
.000
.500
.000
.333
.438
.000
.000
1.000
.000
.000
.400
.385
.333
.000
.333
.000
.278
.250
.000
.000
.333
.222
0
0
0
0
1
2
0
0
0
0
0
3
3
0
0
2
0
2
2
0
0
1
3
0
0
0
0
3
2
0
1
0
1
0
1
0
1
0
3
0
0
2
0
0
5
1
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Totals
141
47
18
0
3
29
29
.333
19
20
2

2007 World Series

Composite Hitting Statistics

p
3b
ph
2b
p
p
p
p
p
p
rf
1b
p
lf
p
2b
p
ph
p
dh-2,ph/cf-1
cf-1,ph-1
cf-2,ph-1
c
ss
2
4
1
1
1
1
1
1
2
1
4
4
1
4
1
4
1
2
1
4
2
3
4
4
0
13
1
1
2
0
0
0
0
0
16
15
0
17
0
17
1
2
0
10
3
8
14
13
0
2
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
4
5
0
5
0
5
0
1
0
0
1
0
2
3
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
3
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
2
0
1
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
1
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
1
0
3
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
1
.000
.154
.000
.000
.500
.000
.000
.000
.000
.000
.250
.333
.000
.294
.000
.294
.000
.500
.000
.000
.333
.000
.143
.231
0
3
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
0
0
0
2
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
8
3
0
3
0
5
1
1
0
4
0
3
1
5
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Totals
133
29
6
1
3
10
10
.218
10
36
1

2007 World Series

Composite Pitching Statistics

1
0
0
1
0
1
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
2
1
1
1
1
3
3
1
3
1
0
0
1
0
1
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
3
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
7.0
1.1
1.0
5.2
0.0
5.1
3.2
4.1
5.1
2.1
1.29
6.75
0.00
0.00
Infinite Earned Run Average
3.38
7.36
0.00
1.69
7.71
6
3
0
3
2
3
4
2
4
2
9
1
1
3
0
5
6
3
4
4
1
1
0
0
0
2
3
0
1
2
1
1
0
3
0
3
0
0
2
0
Totals
4
0
4
4
0
3
0
36.0
2.50
29
36
10
10

2007 World Series

Composite Pitching Statistics

0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
1
1
0
0
0
1
0
0
4
1
2
1
1
3
2
3
1
2
1
0
1
0
1
1
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
3.0
6.0
1.2
2.2
4.0
3.2
2.0
3.1
4.2
3.0
0.0
0.00
4.50
0.00
20.25
13.50
9.82
4.50
0.00
3.86
21.00
Infinite Earned Run Average
2
6
1
10
10
6
1
1
3
7
0
2
2
1
2
3
1
2
4
2
1
0
0
3
0
6
6
4
1
0
2
7
0
1
0
0
2
3
2
0
2
5
1
3
Totals
0
4
4
4
0
0
0
34.0
7.68
47
20
29
19
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Did you know that home teams during Fall Classics have taken a 2-0 lead thirty-four times and have won twenty-seven of those World Series? Did you know that teams who have won their first three games during a Fall Classic have, through 2007, won every title during all twenty-three instances?

Do you believe that the eight day layoff / rest hurt the 2007 Colorado Rockies ? Did it make them rusty? Discuss this World Series game by game as it actually takes place on Baseball Fever with other serious baseball fans.

The 2007 Boston Red Sox and 2004 Boston Red Sox , during the 2004 World Series , both swept their National League opponent during a Fall Classic.

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