Yarmouth–Dennis Red Sox
|Yarmouth–Dennis Red Sox|
|League||Cape Cod Baseball League (Eastern Division)|
|Location||South Yarmouth, MA|
|Ballpark||Red Wilson Field|
|League championships||1989, 1990, 2004, 2006, 2007|
|Post-Season Division championships||1989, 1990, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2010|
|Regular Season Division championships||1988, 1989, 1990, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010|
|2011 season||19-21-4, 42 points
4th place, Eastern Division
|Management||Steve Foucher (President)
Jim Martin (General Manager)
|Manager||Scott Pickler (Field Manager)|
The Yarmouth–Dennis Red Sox, or Y-D Red Sox, is a collegiate summer 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 on the campus of Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School in South Yarmouth.
The Red Sox most recently won the Cape Cod Baseball League championship in 2007 when they defeated the Falmouth Commodores two games to none to win the best of three series. Y-D also won league titles in 2004 and 2006 and has made the playoffs eight times since 2000.
The team is currently led by Cypress College head coach Scott Pickler. He has been with the team since 1997.
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. 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. The 2007 team featured 2008 top-ten draft picks Jason Castro, Buster Posey, and Gordon Beckham.
In October, 2008, the Red Sox announced that despite a licensing agreement between Major League Baseball and the Cape Cod Baseball League, they would not be changing their team name. This is most likely due to a deep-rooted connection between New Englanders and the Red Sox team name.
In 2009 and 2010, the Red Sox qualified for the playoffs, but were eliminated both times by the Cotuit Kettleers. Cotuit knocked out the Red Sox in the League semifinals in 2009, which was highlighted by an 18-4 Kettleers victory in the deciding game three of the series at Red Wilson Field. Y-D returned to the Championship Series the following season for the first time since winning the title in 2007, but lost the series to the Kettleers, two games to one, giving Cotuit its first Cape League championship since 1999.
In 2011, the Red Sox were eliminated in the second round of the playoffs by the eventual Cape League Champion Harwich Mariners.
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.
- 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
- David Robertson 2006
- Gordon Beckham 2007
- Chris Sale 2009
- John Baker 2000-2001
- Jason Castro 2006
- Scott Downs 1996
- Jake Fox 2002
- Matt LaPorta 2004
- John Mayberry, Jr. 2003
- Daniel McCutchen 2004-2005
- Justin Turner 2005
- Garrett Mock 2002-2003
- Michael Bourn 2002
- Mark Reynolds 2002
- Mike Zunino, 2010
Red Wilson Field, The Yarmouth–Dennis Red Sox's home ballpark, is the official home of the Sinker Burger, the Hurler Burger, and the Boston Screamer. Introduced during the 2004 season, the Sinker is a hamburger served on a lightly toasted cake doughnut, with three varieties: inside, down-the-middle, and outside (cinnamon, powder, and plain). The Hurler, also introduced in 2004, is a hamburger patty served between the halves of a jelly doughnut, finished with a squirt of canned cheese. The Boston Screamer, which made its official debut in 2010, is a hamburger served on a Boston cream doughnut. On July 19, 2011, the Yarmouth–Dennis Red Sox served their 6000th "upgraded" hamburger.
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- Cape League Championships. Retrieved 2007-07-04.
- Just What Are They Feeding Y-D's Red Sox!!!?, Retrieved 2007-07-06
- Cape League characters: Y-D's Bob Phillips, Retrieved 2007-07-09
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