Team resilience

Authored by: Nick Galli

Routledge International Handbook of Sport Psychology

Print publication date:  February  2016
Online publication date:  February  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138022423
eBook ISBN: 9781315777054
Adobe ISBN: 9781317692324


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In 2004, the Boston Red Sox trailed the New York Yankees three games to none in the best-of-seven American League Championship Series of Major League Baseball (MLB). Fans of the Red Sox were resigned to the fact that their top rival would once again emerge victorious, and that the Sox 84-year world championship drought would continue. To further stack the odds against them, no team in the history of MLB had ever come back to win a best-of-seven series after losing the first three games. This trend seemed certain to continue when the Yankees took a 4–3 lead into the bottom of the ninth inning of Game 4, with Mariano Rivera, arguably the greatest closer in the history of baseball, on the mound to protect the lead. However, the Red Sox managed to tie the game, and went on to win Game 4 in extra innings. They followed with three more victories (the final two in New York), capping off one of the greatest comebacks in the history of North American team sports.

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