After years of false hopes and shock defeats, the Boston Red Sox have had reason to cheer over the last decade or so.
Two World Series wins, in 2004 and 2013 respectively, mean there are plenty of players the current generation of Red Sox fans will grow up hero-worshipping.
Aside from both teams winning championships though, let's compare the Red Sox 2004 and 2013 championship teams position by position.
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Starting Rotation 2004:
1. Pedro Martinez
2. Tim Wakefield
3. Curt Schilling
4. Derek Lowe
5. Bronson Arroyo
Starting Rotation 2013:
1. Jon Lester
2. John Lackey
3. Clay Buchholz
4. Felix Doubront
5. Ryan Dempster
Although both rotations are very strong, the 2004 rotation had more guys you can rely on to go out and get you a win everyday, where as the 2013 rotation, you really didn't know what you were getting in Ryan Dempster every fifth day.
Catcher 2004: Jason Varitek
Catcher 2013: David Ross
Winner: Jason Varitek
He was everything you could ask for and more in a catcher. He could hit, throw runners out from his knees, block balls in the dirt, you name it, he did it.
First Base 2004: Kevin Millar
First Base 2013: Mike Napoli
Winner: Mike Napoli
This guy had an incredible postseason and was one of the big reasons why the Red Sox beat the Detroit Tigers in the ALCS.
His power and great defense at first provided a spark and fuelled the team when they were down.
Second Base 2004: Mark Bellhorn
Second Base 2013: Dustin Pedroia
Winner: Dustin Pedroia
His tenacious defense and surprisingly powerful bat, carried the Red Sox just as he has his entire career.
Being a former league MVP, 4 golden glove awards, and Rookie of the Year should speak for itself.
Third Base 2004: Bill Mueller
Third Base 2013: Will Middlebrooks
Both guys contributed equally to their teams' success with their bats and their work with the leather wasn't awful either.
Shortstop 2004: Pokey Reese
Shortstop 2013: Xander Bogaerts
Winner: Xander Bogaerts
He was a 22-year-old phenom and the youngest player to ever play in a World Series game.
His bat was in large part responsible for salvaging their one win in St. Louis, (2 RBI's) and setting up the series clinching game 6 win in front of the hometown crowd for the first time in 95 years.
Outfield 2004: Manny Ramirez, Johnny Damon, Trot Nixon
Outfield 2013: Jonny Gomes, Jacoby Ellsbury, Shane Victorinio
Jonny Damon was basically guaranteed a lead-off single every time he stepped up to the plate, Manny could hit just about anything, and Trot Nixon ended up on the highlight reel somehow every week. Whether it was his defense, or his grittiness on the field, he found a way to get it done.
So, what team is better you ask? Here are the results
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