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Tuesday, 3 August 2004

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Nomar Garciaparra dives for a ball during a game against the New York Yankees in a game of "MVP Baseball 2004."

The Boston Red Sox clinched their first World Series title in 86 years when Red Sox fan Donald Kelley played a season on "MVP Baseball 2004" for PlayStation 2.

"I'm thrilled," Kelley, said. "It's been a long time coming for these guys, and I knew they could do it."

Kelley, 17, bought a copy of "MVP Baseball 2004" the day it came out with money he saved from his part time job as a cashier at Meijer. He played a season as the Boston Red Sox, and went 152-10 in the regular season, a record.

"At first the game was hard, which is why I lost a couple games, but once I got the hang of it, I was able to beat the computer pretty easy," Kelley said.

The Red Sox beat the San Francisco Giants 14-2 in Game 4 of the World Series, competing a four-game sweep and capping a 11-0 record in the playoffs.

"I thought the game might be harder in the World Series, but the Giants, even with Barry Bonds, were just as easy to beat as the rest of the team," Kelley said. "Maybe that's because I set the difficulty rather low."

When asked whether he would play another season with higher difficulty, he said, "Maybe. School's coming up soon, and I don't know if I'll have time."

Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein was proud of Kelley's performance in his basement.

"I have to hand it to Donald. Without his button mashing and ability to stay up late and play at least one game a night, sometimes two, we wouldn't have won our first World Series since 1918," Epstein said at a press conference.

Red Sox outfielder Manny Ramirez also set the single-season home run record with 98, and the single-season RBI mark with 215. He was named the league MVP by the game.

Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez went a record 28-1 with a 1.14 E.R.A, and was awarded the Cy Young.

Kelley also created a player that played third base for the Sox. Badazz Kelley batted .354 and stole 85 bases. He was also named the Rookie of the Year.

"Badazz was my favorite player," Kelley remarked. "He was fast and got on base a lot. That really helped me score a lot of runs."

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