2003 Boston Red Sox Season
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2003 Boston Red Sox Season

2003 Boston Red Sox
American League Wild Card
2003-09-25 - Fenway Park 11.jpg
The Red Sox celebrate their clinching of the 2003 AL Wild Card with a victory over the Baltimore Orioles.
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record95-67 (.586)
Divisional place2nd (6 GB)
Other information
Owner(s)John W. Henry (New England Sports Ventures)
General manager(s)Theo Epstein
Manager(s)Grady Little
Local televisionWSBK-TV
(Sean McDonough, Jerry Remy)
NESN
(Don Orsillo, Jerry Remy)
Local radioWEEI
(Jerry Trupiano, Joe Castiglione)
WROL
(Luis Tiant, Uri Berenguer, Juan Pedro Villamán)
StatsESPN.com
BB-reference
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The 2003 Boston Red Sox season was the 103rd season in the franchise's Major League Baseball history. The Red Sox finished second in the American League East with a record of 95 wins and 67 losses, six games behind the New York Yankees, who went on to win the AL championship. The Red Sox qualified for the postseason as the AL wild card, and defeated the American League West champion Oakland Athletics in the ALDS. The Red Sox then lost to the Yankees in the ALCS.

The Red Sox led the major leagues in nearly all offensive categories, including runs scored (961), batting average (.289), on-base percentage (.360), and perhaps most impressively, a .491 team slugging percentage, which set a new record previously held by the 1927 Yankees.[1] They also had 649 extra-base hits, the most ever by one team in a single season.[2][3]

Offseason

  • October 9, 2002: Brandon Lyon was selected off waivers by the Boston Red Sox from the Toronto Blue Jays.[4]
  • November 6, 2002: Chris Coste signed as a Free Agent with the Boston Red Sox.[5]
  • November 25, 2002: Theo Epstein, 28, was hired as General Manager of the Boston Red Sox.[6] The vacancy occurred because Oakland Athletics General Manager Billy Beane accepted the Red Sox job and then resigned shortly afterward. Epstein's hiring made him the youngest general manager in major league history.[6] Larry Lucchino, Red Sox' President and CEO, wanted Epstein to be hired. Prior to the appointment, Epstein was Boston's assistant general manager.
  • December 6, 2002: Wayne Gomes was released by the Boston Red Sox.[7]
  • December 12, 2002: The Red Sox acquired second baseman Todd Walker from the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for two minor leaguers.[8]
  • December 15, 2002: Jeremy Giambi was acquired by the Red Sox from the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for pitcher Josh Hancock.[9]
  • December 31, 2002: Ramiro Mendoza signed as a Free Agent with the Boston Red Sox.[10]
  • January 10, 2003: Bill Mueller was signed as a Free Agent with the Boston Red Sox.[11]
  • January 22, 2003: David Ortiz was signed as a Free Agent with the Boston Red Sox.[12]
  • February 15, 2003: Kevin Millar was purchased by the Boston Red Sox from the Florida Marlins.[13]

Regular season

Season standings

AL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
New York Yankees 101 61 0.623 -- 50-32 51-29
Boston Red Sox 95 67 0.586 6 53-28 42-39
Toronto Blue Jays 86 76 0.531 15 41-40 45-36
Baltimore Orioles 71 91 0.438 30 40-40 31-51
Tampa Bay Devil Rays 63 99 0.389 38 36-45 27-54


Record vs. opponents

2003 American League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14]
Team ANA BAL BOS CWS CLE DET KC MIN NYY OAK SEA TB TEX TOR NL 
Anaheim -- 1-8 3-6 3-4 6-3 6-1 6-3 5-4 3-6 8-12 8-11 6-3 9-10 2-7 11-7
Baltimore 8-1 -- 9-10 2-4 3-3 3-3 3-4 3-4 6-13-1 2-7 4-5 8-11 7-2 8-11 5-13
Boston 6-3 10-9 -- 5-4 4-2 8-1 5-1 2-4 9-10 3-4 5-2 12-7 5-4 10-9 11-7
Chicago 4-3 4-2 4-5 -- 11-8 11-8 11-8 9-10 4-2 4-5 2-7 3-3 3-4 6-3 10-8
Cleveland 3-6 3-3 2-4 8-11 -- 12-7 6-13 9-10 2-5 3-6 3-6 5-2 4-5 2-4 6-12
Detroit 1-6 3-3 1-8 8-11 7-12 -- 5-14 4-15 1-5 3-6 1-8 2-4 1-6 2-7 4-14
Kansas City 3-6 4-3 1-5 8-11 13-6 14-5 -- 11-8 2-4 2-7 4-5 4-3 7-2 1-5 9-9
Minnesota 4-5 4-3 4-2 10-9 10-9 15-4 8-11 -- 0-7 8-1 3-6 6-0 5-4 3-3 10-8
New York 6-3 13-6-1 10-9 2-4 5-2 5-1 4-2 7-0 -- 3-6 5-4 14-5 4-5 10-9 13-5
Oakland 12-8 7-2 4-3 5-4 6-3 6-3 7-2 1-8 6-3 -- 7-12 6-3 15-4 5-2 9-9
Seattle 11-8 5-4 2-5 7-2 6-3 8-1 5-4 6-3 4-5 12-7 -- 4-5 10-10 3-4 10-8
Tampa Bay 3-6 11-8 7-12 3-3 2-5 4-2 3-4 0-6 5-14 3-6 5-4 -- 3-6 11-8 3-15
Texas 10-9 2-7 4-5 4-3 5-4 6-1 2-7 4-5 5-4 4-15 10-10 6-3 -- 5-4 4-14
Toronto 7-2 11-8 9-10 3-6 4-2 7-2 5-1 3-3 9-10 2-5 4-3 8-11 4-5 -- 10-8
Red Sox vs. National League
Team NL Central  
CHC CIN HOU MIL PIT STL FLA PHI
Boston -- -- 3-0 2-1 2-1 1-2 2-1 1-2

Notable transactions

Opening Day Lineup

Roster

Game log

Player stats

Batting

Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
C Jason Varitek 142 451 123 .273 25 85
1B Kevin Millar 148 544 150 .276 25 96
2B Todd Walker 144 587 166 .283 13 85
SS Nomar Garciaparra 156 658 198 .301 28 105
3B Bill Mueller 146 524 171 .326 19 85
LF Manny Ramirez 154 569 185 .325 37 104
CF Johnny Damon 145 608 166 .273 12 67
RF Trot Nixon 134 441 135 .306 28 87
DH David Ortiz 128 448 129 .288 31 101

Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Shea Hillenbrand 49 185 56 .303 3 38
Doug Mirabelli 62 163 42 .258 6 18
Gabe Kapler 68 158 46 .291 4 23
Damian Jackson 109 161 42 .261 1 13
Jeremy Giambi 50 127 25 .197 5 15
Freddy Sanchez 20 34 8 .235 0 2
Lou Merloni 15 30 7 .233 0 1
Dave McCarty 16 27 11 .407 1 6
Andy Abad 9 17 2 .118 0 0
Adrian Brown 9 15 3 .200 0 1
Bill Haselman 4 3 0 .000 0 0
Lou Collier 4 1 0 .000 0 0

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Derek Lowe 33 203.1 17 7 4.47 110
Tim Wakefield 35 202.1 11 5 4.09 169
Pedro Martinez 29 186.2 14 4 2.22 206
John Burkett 32 181.2 12 9 5.15 107
Casey Fossum 19 79.0 6 5 5.47 63
Jeff Suppan 11 63 3 4 5.57 32

Other pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Bruce Chen 5 12.1 0 1 5.11 12
Ryan Rupe 4 10 1 1 6.30 7

Relief pitchers

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Mike Timlin 72 6 4 2 3.55 65
Alan Embree 65 4 1 1 4.25 45
Byung-Hyun Kim 49 8 5 16 3.18 69
Ramiro Mendoza 37 3 5 0 6.75 36
Brandon Lyon 37 4 6 9 4.12 50
Todd Jones 26 2 1 0 5.52 31
Scott Sauerbeck 26 0 1 0 6.48 18
Scott Williamson 24 0 1 0 6.20 21
Jason Shiell 17 2 0 1 4.63 23
Chad Fox 17 1 2 3 4.50 19
Rudy Seánez 9 0 1 0 6.23 9
Steve Woodard 7 1 0 0 5.09 12
Robert Person 7 0 0 1 7.71 10
Héctor Almonte 7 0 1 0 8.22 6
Bronson Arroyo 6 0 0 1 2.08 14
Kevin Tolar 6 0 0 0 9.00 3
Bob Howry 4 0 0 0 12.46 4
Matt White 3 0 1 0 27.00 0

Postseason

ALDS vs. Oakland Athletics

As the AL wild card, the Red Sox entered the first round of the playoffs against the Oakland Athletics. Despite losing the first two games in Oakland, Boston rebounded with two dramatic wins in the late innings at Fenway Park to even the series. When the series returned to Oakland, the Red Sox held off a late Oakland charge to win the series in five games. In doing so, they joined the 1995 Mariners and 1999 Red Sox in coming back from a two-game deficit to win a best-of-five ALDS.

Boston wins the series, 3-2

Game Visitor Score Home Score Date Series
1 (12 innings) Boston 4 Oakland 5 October 1 1-0 (OAK)
2 Boston 1 Oakland 5 October 2 2-0 (OAK)
3 (11 innings) Oakland 1 Boston 3 October 4 2-1 (OAK)
4 Oakland 4 Boston 5 October 5 2-2
5 Boston 4 Oakland 3 October 6 3-2 (BOS)

ALCS vs. New York Yankees

The stage was set for a classic showdown with longtime division rival, the New York Yankees. The teams split the first two games in the Bronx before the real drama unfolded in Game 3 at Fenway Park. A highly anticipated matchup between Sox ace Pedro Martínez and former Sox' pitcher Roger Clemens turned ugly early on. Karim García was hit in the back by a Martínez fastball. Words were exchanged and Martínez threateningly gestured towards Yankee catcher Jorge Posada. When Garcia was forced out at second, he slid hard into Todd Walker. The following inning, Manny Ramírez took exception to a high Clemens pitch and charged the mound. Both benches cleared, but the resulting brawl turned surreal when 72-year-old Yankee bench coach Don Zimmer charged Martínez. Martínez sidestepped and threw Zimmer to the ground. After a thirteen-minute delay, Clemens struck out Ramírez and proceeded to pitch effectively as the Yankees took a 2-1 series lead. The Red Sox won Game 4, but the Yankees won Game 5 to take the series' lead back to New York. But Boston proved resilient, and their offense came alive for the first time in the series to the tune of nine runs on sixteen hits to force a seventh game. With a 4-0 lead early on and Martínez pitching, Boston appeared to be on the brink of winning the pennant. But more late-inning drama unfolded when the Yankees tied the game 5-5 with three eighth-inning runs off Martínez, sending the game on into the October night. Yankee closer Mariano Rivera pitched three scoreless innings, and in the bottom of the eleventh, Aaron Boone turned on the first offering from Tim Wakefield and sent it into the frenzied bleachers of Yankee Stadium, sending the Yankees on to the World Series for the fifth time in six years. This game further cemented the legend many believed was The Curse of the Bambino.

New York wins the series, 4-3

Game Score Date Location Attendance
1 Boston Red Sox - 5, New York Yankees - 2 October 8 Yankee Stadium 56,281[23]
2 Boston Red Sox - 2, New York Yankees - 6 October 9 Yankee Stadium 56,295[24]
3 New York Yankees - 4, Boston Red Sox - 3 October 11 Fenway Park 34,209[25]
4 New York Yankees - 2, Boston Red Sox - 3 October 13 Fenway Park 34,599[26]
5 New York Yankees - 4, Boston Red Sox - 2 October 14 Fenway Park 34,619[27]
6 Boston Red Sox - 9, New York Yankees - 6 October 15 Yankee Stadium 56,277[28]
7 Boston Red Sox - 5, New York Yankees - 6 (11 innings) October 16 Yankee Stadium 56,279[29]

Awards and honors

All-Star Game

Farm system

The Portland Sea Dogs replaced the Trenton Thunder as the Red Sox' Double-A affiliate. The Red Sox fielded two teams in the Dominican Summer League, while not participating in the Venezuelan Summer League, following the Venezuelan general strike of 2002-03.[30]

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References

  1. ^ "2003 MLB Summary". Baseball-Reference. Retrieved 2015.
  2. ^ "Red Sox announce 2004 Major League coaching staff". Boston Red Sox. January 9, 2004. Retrieved 2017.
  3. ^ "MLB Team Hitting Statistics". MLB.com. Retrieved 2017.
  4. ^ Brandon Lyon Statistics and History - Baseball-Reference.com
  5. ^ Chris Coste Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
  6. ^ a b Shpigel, Ben (November 1, 2005). "Red Sox General Manager Ends a Memorable Run". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010.
  7. ^ Wayne Gomes Statistics and History - Baseball-Reference.com
  8. ^ Todd Walker Statistics and History - Baseball-Reference.com
  9. ^ Jeremy Giambi Statistics and History - Baseball-Reference.com
  10. ^ Ramiro Mendoza Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
  11. ^ Bill Mueller Statistics and History - Baseball-Reference.com
  12. ^ David Ortiz Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
  13. ^ Kevin Millar Statistics and History - Baseball-Reference.com
  14. ^ Bill Haselman Statistics and History - Baseball-Reference.com
  15. ^ Byung-Hyun Kim Statistics and History - Baseball-Reference.com
  16. ^ Gabe Kapler Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
  17. ^ Scott Sauerbeck Statistics and History - Baseball-Reference.com
  18. ^ Chad Fox Statistics and History - Baseball-Reference.com
  19. ^ Freddy Sanchez Statistics and History - Baseball-Reference.com
  20. ^ Dave McCarty Statistics and History - Baseball-Reference.com
  21. ^ Lou Merloni Statistics and History - Baseball-Reference.com
  22. ^ Nowlin, Bill; Silverman, Matthew (June 28, 2016). Red Sox by the Numbers: A Complete Team History of the Boston Red Sox by Uniform Number. Sports Publishing. ASIN B01GNC7FQA.
  23. ^ "2003 ALCS Game 1 - Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees". Retrosheet. Retrieved 2008.
  24. ^ "2003 ALCS Game 2 - Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees". Retrosheet. Retrieved 2008.
  25. ^ "2003 ALCS Game 3 - New York Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox". Retrosheet. Retrieved 2008.
  26. ^ "2003 ALCS Game 4 - New York Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox". Retrosheet. Retrieved 2008.
  27. ^ "2003 ALCS Game 5 - New York Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox". Retrosheet. Retrieved 2008.
  28. ^ "2003 ALCS Game 6 - Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees". Retrosheet. Retrieved 2008.
  29. ^ "2003 ALCS Game 7 - Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees". Retrosheet. Retrieved 2008.
  30. ^ Edes, Gordon (April 16, 2003). "Red Sox Notebook". The Boston Globe. p. F3. Retrieved 2019 – via newspapers.com.
  31. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 2007
  32. ^ Baseball America 2004 Annual Directory

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