LOS ANGELES — The Red Sox have won four World Series in 15 years. You know what that means: Well, right, it means that New England sports fans are extremely blessed — as you may be aware, this is the 11th championship among the Big 4 since 2001 — and we should cherish this time and place, because a realized dream such as this was not fathomable if you’re of a certain age and grew up rooting for those perennial Fenway heartbreakers. Yes. You are definitely blessed, Sox fans. But you know what else it means. Four World Series winners in 15 years? Why, we must rank them! Even as we navigate the happy hangover of the Red Sox’ clinching 5-1 victory over the Dodgers in Game 5 Sunday night, even as the savoring and celebrating rolls on right into Wednesday’s parade, it is futile to resist comparisons to their predecessors as champions. It’s fun to sort through the rosters, search for context, and remember all of them — the 2004, 2007, and 2013 … [Read more...] about Where does this Red Sox championship rank among the four this century?
Boston marathon 100th anniversary
The push to get Yuki Kawauchi to the Boston Marathon happened a year ago at a Red Sox game. Brett Larner, who serves as Kawauchi’s interpreter and manages a blog covering Japanese distance running, was taking in a game at Fenway Park with four-time Boston winner Bill Rodgers last April when Rodgers expressed his admiration for Kawauchi, an amateur from Kuki, Japan, known as the “citizen runner.’’ So Larner took a short video of Rodgers encouraging Kawauchi to compete for a title in Boston and sent it to the 31-year-old Kawauchi. Kawauchi responded within 30 minutes and said he would do it. Not only did Kawauchi win the men’s elite race in his Boston debut, finishing in 2 hours 15 minutes 58 seconds, but he also completed perhaps the greatest upset in the 122-year history of the race, surging over the final 2 miles in chilly, windy, and rainy conditions. “For me these are the best conditions possible,’’ he said a few minutes after crossing … [Read more...] about Bill Rodgers wanted Yuki Kawauchi to run Boston. So he did, and won
Shalane Flanagan says she felt “hungover” after her historic New York City Marathon finish in November. “I was in a state of such overwhelming happiness, a state of bliss,” she told Boston.com. “It felt better than I ever dreamed it would feel. But when I came down a little bit a week later, my head hurt and my teeth hurt from constant smiling. I just had never experienced such elation to that degree and for that long, so when I finally came back to a little bit of normalcy, I felt like I had been raging.” Not only was Flanagan’s victory her first world marathon major win, but it also was the first time an American woman had won the race in 40 years. The 36-year-old crossed the finish line with a time of 2:26:53 — just 5 minutes and 39 seconds shy of the personal record she had set at the 2014 Berlin Marathon. Once her “happiness hangover” subsided, Flanagan — who missed the 2017 Boston Marathon due to a lower back … [Read more...] about How Shalane Flanagan went from almost retiring to being a top contender in the 2018 Boston Marathon