Editor’s note: Fenway Park opened on April 20, 1912. NESN.com will be celebrating Fenway’s 100-year anniversary with unique content from now until April 20, 2012.
The 2007 season was quite simply one of the best in Red Sox history.
The Sox reloaded during the offseason after missing the postseason for the first time since 2002 just a year before. What transpired was a perfectly timed combination of proven veteran talent and up-and-coming young talent.
Boston took control of first place on April 18 and never looked back on way to winning its first AL East crown since 1995. Along the way, the Red Sox slammed back-to-back-to-back-to back home runs against the Yankees. The Sox also pulled off the Mother's Day Miracle against the Orioles, an incredible ninth-inning comeback on Mom's Day. Adding to the O's misery, rookie right-hander Clay Buchholz tossed a no-hitter against Baltimore.
It all led up to another memorable playoff run. Josh Beckett was virtually unhittable, as the Sox breezed through the ALDS before a remarkable Coco Crisp catch sealed a comeback win in the ALCS to earn Boston a berth in the World Series.
Then, just months after conquering cancer, Jon Lester won Game 4 of the World Series to finish off the Red Sox' sweep of the Rockies in the Fall Classic. That gave the Sox their second title in four years.
Away from baseball, Fenway Park played host to the second annual Futures at Fenway showcase. The Police also took the stage at Fenway as the park continued to play host to some of the biggest summer tours. Five and a half months after a rally was held for former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, another political fundraiser was held for Barack Obama, the man who would become President of the United States a year later.
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