The Boston Red Sox finally ended decades of futility in the 2000s when they won the World Series. Here’s a list of their best players during the decade.
The first decade of the twenty-first century was when the Boston Red Sox finally broke through and ended nearly nine decades of heartbreak. After so many near misses and a crushing defeat at the end of 2003, the Sox finally exorcised all of the ghosts of the past in 2004 and ended generations of frustration (even if they didn’t make it easy along the way).
While the Red Sox have seen countless great players come and go over the years, the ones from the years 2001-2010 hold a special place in fans’ hearts. These were the players that finally ended the long World Series drought, brought eternal joy to Red Sox fans, and ushered in the current era of nearly perennial contention.
Many of these players were all time greats who left their mark not only on the Red Sox but on the history of Major League Baseball itself. Others were very good players, important contributors to the Red Sox success, and will forever be integral parts of Red Sox history. Since we’ve already looked at the top ten Red Sox players of the 1980s and 1990s, it’s time to look at the ten best from the 2000s.
In no particular order, let’s begin.