Boston Red Sox defeat Oakland Athletics, 7-1

OAKLAND, Calif. -- A professional athlete sidelined by an injury might as well be a dead man.

Harsh, but true. If you are too hurt to play, you might as well stay home. Some teammates don't even want to look at you. Reminds them of their own vulnerability. In a big league locker room, no one wants to talk about players who are not there.

The inimitable Earl Weaver summed up the feeling best in the 1970s when asked about the loss of center fielder Al Bumbry, who had brok...

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Terry Francona remembers the dull ache of hopelessness, the sad feeling of managing a team that was destined to go nowhere in October but home. He guided the Phillies through four miserable Septembers in his only experience as a big league skipper before the Red Sox handed him the keys to their team -- and their dreams.

"The one thing I hated more than anything was looking across the field and seeing a team that was in the pennant race when you were o...