The Red Sox became only the sixth team in Major League history to face a 3-1 deficit in a best-of-seven League Championship Series and advance to the World Series and just the fourth of that group to win the World Series. Of those four, only one other team -- the 2004 Red Sox -- swept its World Series opponent.
The 2007 Red Sox, who trailed the Indians, 3-1, before coming back to win the American League Championship Series in seven games, repeated the amazing feat of three years earlier, when the 2004 Sox became the only team in Major League postseason history to fall behind, 3-0, before coming back to win.
Other teams that came back from a 3-1 LCS deficit include the 2003 Marlins (down, 3-1, to the Cubs in the National League Championship Series before defeating the Yankees in the World Series, 4-2); the 1996 Braves (down, 3-1, to the Cardinals in the NLCS before falling to the Yankees in the World Series, 4-2); the 1986 Red Sox (down, 3-1, to the Angels in the ALCS and lost to the Mets in the World Series, 4-3); and the 1985 Royals (down, 3-1, to the Blue Jays in the ALCS and beat the Cardinals in the World Series, 4-3).
The 2007 Red Sox set several noteworthy World Series and postseason marks, including:
Terry Francona became the first manager in Major League history to win his first eight World Series games.
In winning eight straight World Series games, the Red Sox surpassed the 1949-50 New York Yankees and tied the 1921-23 New York Giants for the fifth-longest winning streak in World Series history.
The Red Sox won all four games of the 2004 World Series as well as every game of the 2007 Fall Classic, since their last World Series loss, in Game 7 in 1986. It is the second-longest active winning streak in World Series play, behind the nine straight for the Cincinnati Reds from 1975-90.
The 25 runs by the Red Sox in the first three games put Boston in a tie for the second most in World Series history, tying Philadelphia (1911) and trailing the 1960 Yankees (30).
The Red Sox scored 10 runs or more on six occasions in the postseason. No prior team had scored more than 10 runs on more than three occasions in one postseason (1960 Yankees, 1996 Braves and 2002 Angels).
The 29 runs scored by the Red Sox against the Rockies were the third most in a four-game series in World Series history, trailing only the 1932 Yankees (37 against the Cubs) and the 1989 Athletics (32 against the Giants).
The 99 runs the Red Sox scored are the second-most all-time in a postseason, trailing only the 101 scored by the 2002 Anaheim Angels.
The two teams established a World Series record by using 12 pitchers in a nine-inning game in Game 3, one more than the previous mark, done on six occasions, last by the Cardinals and Red Sox on Oct. 23, 2004. Boston tied a World Series mark by using six pitchers, most by a winning club in a World Series game. It was done previously by the Reds against the A's on Oct. 20, 1972.
Jim Molony is a writer for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less