The club continued improvements to Fenway Park for the 2007 season, including the renovation of 26 private suites, the unveiling of more concourse space behind the left-field grandstand and the expansion of the press box. Shaking off the frustration of 2006, the 2007 Red Sox dominated the AL East and won their first division title since 1995. After sweeping the Angels in the ALDS and coming from behind against the Indians in a seven-game ALCS, the Red Sox took four straight against the Colorado Rockies to win their second World Series Championship in four years. Fenway Park also hosted the Baseball Beanpot and Futures at Fenway as well as other non-baseball events such as fundraisers for both Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney and Democratic presidential contender, and future President of the United States, Barack Obama.
Record: 96-66, 1st in American League East
Manager: Terry J. Francona
Postseason: Won World Series
With newcomers Daisuke Matsuzaka, J.D. Drew and Julio Lugo aboard, the 2007 Red Sox took first place on April 18 and never left, earning their first American League East crown in 12 years.
Several memorable games from the 2007 season stood out. Down 6-2 against the Yankees on April 20, the Red Sox scored five runs in the bottom of the eighth in a come-from-behind victory. Two days later, fans at Fenway Park witnessed Manny Ramirez, newly acquired J. D. Drew, Mike Lowell and Jason Varitek hit back-to-back-to-back-to-back home runs off New York's Chase Wright. Their blasts traveled a combined 1,711 feet.
During 2007 the Red Sox honored the 1967 "Impossible Dream" team, who returned to Fenway Park throughout the year to celebrate the 40th anniversary of their American League Championship season. The 2007 Red Sox staged a miracle themselves on Mother's Day when they rallied from a 5-0 deficit in the bottom of the ninth to beat Baltimore, 6-5.
Several new additions and young players made a crucial difference during the 2007 season. In just his second start on September 1, right-hander Clay Buchholz threw a no-hitter against the Orioles at Fenway Park. Matsuzaka also made a fine debut with a 15-12 record. His 201 strikeouts also set a Red Sox rookie record.
First-year second baseman Dustin Pedroia hit .317 and earned the American League Rookie of the Year Award. Pedroia helped to set the table for Mike Lowell, David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez, who led the team in runs batted in with 120, 117 and 88 RBIs, respectively.
After sweeping the Angels in the Division Series, the Red Sox drew a tough match-up with Cleveland in the ALCS. Boston won Game One behind the strong pitching of Josh Beckett (who led the staff with 20 wins during the regular season) but the Indians took the next three games and pushed Boston to the brink of elimination.
With their backs against the wall, the Red Sox mounted an impressive ALCS comeback for the second time in four years. Beckett stifled the Indians in Game Five before Curt Schilling and Matsuaka won the final two games of the series at Fenway Park to send the Red Sox to the World Series against the NL Champion Colorado Rockies.
In the first three games of the Fall Classic, the Red Sox used the same pitching order that had made the difference in their recent ALCS comeback: Beckett in the first game, Schilling in the second and Matsuzaka in the third. With Boston leading three games to none, 23-year old Jon Lester, who had courageously overcome non-Hodgkin's lymphoma the previous winter, took the ball in Game Four and threw 5 2/3 innings, propelling the Red Sox to a World Series-clinching victory. Lowell, who went 6 for 15 against Colorado, earned MVP honors and with their sweep of the Rockies, the Red Sox now boasted an eight-game winning streak in World Series play.
The Red Sox organization celebrated the 40th anniversary of the 1967 Impossible Dream team over the course of the 2007 season, inviting back members of the squad to take part in a variety of activities throughout the year.
Before the club's home opener against the Seattle Mariners on April 10, more than twenty members of the team returned and were given an enthusiastic reception by the Fenway Park crowd during pre-game ceremonies. In late May and early June, the second chapter in the season-long reunion took place. For a week and a half, the 1967 team travelled throughout New England making appearances and reliving their historic season.
In August, members of the team returned for a third visit, and took part in the 2007 WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon at Fenway Park. The 1967 players also joined members of Tony Conigliaro's family in paying tribute to their late friend and teammate during the visit. When the 2007 Red Sox reached the World Series, the Impossible Dream team was invited back for a fourth and final visit. Four decades after they revitalized Fenway Park, the members of the 1967 team were part of another historic season and helped bring a bit of magic to the ballpark once again.
In 2007, the Red Sox unveiled the Third Base Deck on top of the previously expanded Third Base Concourse. Constructed using space previously used by NESN before their move to Watertown, MA, the new deck provided concessions, restrooms and space at the back of the third-base grandstand seats. A new staircase provided access from the concourse below and connected each level of the ballpark. A similar set of stairs found on Yawkey Way, halfway between Gates A and D, improved access from the street to the grandstand level.
Two levels below the Third Base Deck, the Yaz Door area under the third-base seating bowl was renovated and a locker room for Fenway Park's ushers, ticket takers and security staff was built. The team used additional space in the vicinity to build an indoor batting cage for visiting teams, who had previously used the center-field cage.
Close to the staircase that joined Yawkey Way to the back of the grandstand, the 20 Yawkey Way entrance for EMC Club members and suite holders was renovated. In addition, a total of 26 private suites on that level received a major upgrade with new exterior seating and a remodeled interior.
After signing Japanese star Daisuke Matsuzaka over the winter, the team expanded the press box to create additional working space for Japanese media and also added a fourth level of seating in the written press box area with improved sightlines. In addition, the team increased the park's power supply and performed life safety upgrades.
With the success of the inaugural Futures at Fenway in 2006, Fenway Park brought back the minor league doubleheader the following year. In the 2007 iteration, the Lowell Spinners beat the Hudson Valley Renegades, before the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs defeated the Harrisburg Senators in the second game.
|2007 Non-Red Sox Baseball At Fenway Park|
|April 25||Northeastern 2, Boston College 0 (Beanpot Championship)*|
|April 25||Holy Cross 8, University of Massachusetts 3 (Beanpot Consolation)*|
|August 11||Futures at Fenway: Lowell Spinners 2, Hudson Valley Renegades 1|
|August 11||Futures at Fenway: Portland Sea Dogs 12, Harrisburg Senators 11|
*Starting in 1990, Fenway Park has hosted the annual Baseball Beanpot, baseball's version of the longstanding Boston hockey tradition. Originally, the competition featured the same schools that battle for Hockey Beanpot: Boston College, Boston University, Northeastern University and Harvard University. However, when BU dropped their baseball program after the 1995 season, the University of Massachusetts took their place. The Baseball Beanpot has been held at Fenway Park every year since its inception except for in 2004 and 2010, when the tournament was played at Campanelli Stadium in Brockton, MA.
Sting took the stage at Fenway Park in 2007, as The Police rocked the ballpark in late July. That same month, the "Life is Good at Fenway" festival raised over $800,000 for children in need and the inaugural Latino Family Festival was held at the ballpark. A pair of political fundraisers was also held at Fenway Park in 2007.
|2007 Non-Baseball Events At Fenway Park|
|May 13||Mother's Day Run the Bases|
|June 17||Father's Day Catch|
|June 24||Fundraiser for Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney|
|July 7||Life Is Good Festival|
|July 8||Latino Family Festival|
|July 15||Picnic in the Park|
|July 17||Hot Stove, Cool Music Fenway Sessions Concert|
|July 28-29||Police Concerts|
|August 6||National Council of State Legislators Event|
|December 2||Fundraiser for Democratic Presidential Candidate Barack Obama|
|December 15||Christmas at Fenway|