Oct. 29, 2007
Tallahassee, Fla. – The Boston Red Sox captured their second World Series title in the last four years after sweeping the Colorado Rockies four games to zero in the best-of-seven game series of the 2007 Fall Classic. Florida State was the only school in the nation to have two former Division I players capture a World Series ring in 2007 with outfielder J.D. Drew and catcher Kevin Cash. Luis Alicea also played a vital role in the Red Sox run to a title as the former Seminole was in his first season as Boston’s first base coach.
Florida State was one of three Division I schools with two players vying for a world title this year. The other schools included North Carolina and Ole Miss. In all, nine players from the Atlantic Coast Conference were represented in the 2007 World Series – Boston: J.D. Drew (FSU), Kevin Cash (FSU), Javier Lopez (Virginia), Kyle Snyder (North Carolina), Jason Varitek (Georgia Tech) and Alex Cora (Miami); Colorado: Jeff Baker (Clemson), Chris Iannetta (North Carolina) and Cory Sullivan (Wake Forest).
In 14 games, Drew batted .314 with 16 hits in 51 at-bats. He tallied a home run, three doubles, seven runs scored and 11 RBI’s in the postseason. He was instrumental in game six of the American League Championship Series as he blasted a grand slam in the bottom of the first off Cleveland starter Fausto Carmona to give the Red Sox an early 4-0 advantage. Drew finished the evening 3-for-5 with five RBI’s as Boston went on to win game six 12-2 to force a decisive game seven which the Red Sox would go on to win 11-2 to advance to the World Series.
In the World Series, Drew’s bat remained hot as he hit .333 with two doubles, two RBI’s and a run scored. He started all four games in right field.
Cash saw action in 12 games for the Red Sox during the regular season after being called up from the minors in early August. He was the primary catcher for knuckleballer Tim Wakefield while Doug Mirabelli was on the disabled list. Cash was on the postseason roster in Boston’s 3-0 series sweep of the Los Angeles Angles of Anaheim during the American League Divisional Series.
Alicea was in his first season as the Red Sox first base coach following three seasons as a manager in Boston’s minor league system. In 2006, he led the Greenville Drive, a Single-A affiliate out of the South Atlantic League, to a 67-70 record. Prior to arriving in Greenville, Alicea spent two seasons as the head coach of the Lowell Spinners, members of the short-season, Single-A New York-Penn League.