Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox

The Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox, or Y-D Red Sox, is an amateur baseball team based in South Yarmouth, MA. The team is a member of the Cape Cod Baseball League and plays in the league's Eastern Division. The Red Sox currently play their home games at Red Wilson Field in the town of South Yarmouth.

The Red Sox are the defending Cape Cod Baseball League Champions after defeating the Falmouth Commodores two games to none in the championship series in 2007. Y-D also won league titles in 2004 and 2006 and has made the playoffs in four of the last six seasons.

History

The Pre-Modern Era

Baseball in the towns of Yarmouth and Dennis dates back to the early days of the Cape League. The Yarmouth Indians won the Cape League title in 1958 after beating Sagamore in the championship series four games to three [ [http://www.ydredsox.org/history.htm 1958 Yarmouth Indians] . Retrieved 2007-07-04] . The Indians won the series again in 1960, just three years before the beginning of the Modern Era.

The Modern Era

Yarmouth's first appearance in the league championship series in the Modern Era came in 1973, despite the team posting a losing record in the regular season. Yarmouth beat the regular-season champion Chatham Athletics before losing to the Cotuit Kettleers in the championship series in five games.

The team's next appearance came four years later, in 1977 after again beating Chatham in the semi-finals. The now Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox would once again fall to Cotuit in the championship series three games to two.

Y-D would not return to the championship series until 1987. Despite losing the championship series to the Harwich Mariners that year, the 1987 season marked the beginning of a four-year stretch in which the Red Sox would make the playoffs every season until 1990. During this span, Y-D would win three consecutive Eastern Division titles between 1988 and 1990 and would finally earn their first league championship in 1989 by sweeping the Hyannis Mets in two games. The Red Sox would repeat this feat a year later, knocking out the Wareham Gatemen two games to one in the championship series.

The Red Sox have enjoyed much success in the 21st century, winning the championship three times in the past four seasons. They defeated the Falmouth Commodores to sweep the 2004 and 2007 championships two games to none, and came back to beat Wareham in 2006 two games to one after dropping the first game of the series at home. [ [http://www.capecodbaseball.org/archives/Records/awards_Champions.htm Cape League Championships] . Retrieved 2007-07-04.] The 2007 team featured 2008 top-ten draft picks Jason Castro, Buster Posey, and Gordon Beckham.

Red Sox in Media

The Red Sox hosted the 2006 All-Star Game, which was broadcast on National Public Radio on Cape Cod. The game was broadcast by the team's play-by-play announcer, Dan Rubin, and the League's Director of Public Relations, John Garner.

In the 2001 movie Summer Catch, scenes where the Chatham A's play on the road at Y-D were filmed at Red Wilson Field.

Famous Alumni

* Craig Biggio 1986
* Morgan Ensberg 1997
* Brad Hawpe 1999
* Philip Humber 2003
* Brandon Morrow 2004-2005
* David Newhan 1993-1994
* J. J. Putz 1997 (Hyannis 1998)
* Russ Ortiz 1994
* Buster Posey 2006-2007
* Gordon Beckham 2007

Fan Culture

Additionally, the Y-D Red Sox is the official home of the Sinker Burger and the Hurler Burger. The Sinker is a hamburger on a donut, with three varieties: down-the-middle, low-and-away, and high-and-inside (plain, powdered, and cinnamon). The Hurler, for those more adventurous, is a hamburger with a squirt of easy cheese gently nestled in the loving halves of a lightly-grilled jelly donut. [ [http://community.myfoxboston.com/blogs/marktherrien/2007/07/06/Just_What_Are_They_Feeding_YDs_Red_Sox2 Just What Are They Feeding Y-D's Red Sox!!!?] , Retrieved 2007-07-06] [ [http://www.capecodonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070706/SPORTS/707060320 Cape League characters: Y-D's Bob Phillips] , Retrieved 2007-07-09] [ [http://www.capecodonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070725/LIFE/707250302 CapeCodTimes.com - Big hits in Cape League concessions] , Retrieved 2007-07-27]

References

External links

* [http://www.ydredsox.org/ Y-D Home Page]
* [http://www.capecodbaseball.org/ CCBL Home Page]
* [http://baseball.cape.com/ CCBL Broadcast Page]


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