In 1918 the Red Sox won their last
world series. In 1920 the owner of the Red Sox traded Babe Ruth to the Yankees
for 150k in cash in addition a 300k loan against the mortgage of Fenway park itself
to the Yankees owners. Since that time, in 83 years the Yankees have won 26
titles (Yes, that's 1/4 of all world series played.) and the Red Sox have not
won one. I'm not a believer in curses, but I have to believe that this could
be the year the baseball gods start turning things around.
This year the Sox faced elimination
4 times and have won all four games to beat out
and force the Yankees to Game 7
Thursday night. Game 7 will be a rematch of Saturdays Pedro VS Roger start where
the Sox lost and Pedro's best punch out was that of Yankee
coach Don Zimmer during
a bench clearing brawl. The atmosphere for these games is like nothing else.
I've seen bar fights, people forced to take off their "Yankees Suck" shirts, and fans
brawling inside the park when I've attended the games. In the 9th inning
of game 3 the Yankees bullpen pulled a rowdy Red Sox grounds crew member into the
bullpen to put to introduce him to their cleats. Charges are
still pending in
and meanwhile the Mayor of NY might arrest pedro
when he steps out for the first pitch.
That's all outside of the game.
The game itself will feature Roger Clemons who refuses to wear a Red Sox cap into
the hall of fame (And will be forced to.) against Pedro, his 10 year younger replacement,
the modern day Sandy Koufax. You'll see a Red Sox offense that led baseball
in just about every category and finally came alive for 9 runs in game 6. Will
Nomar beat out Jeter in the battle for shortstop supremacy? Will Manny charge
the mound again if Roger "I never throw inside to hit anyone" throws one anywhere
near the inside of the plate?
I've promised my wife I won't cry
in public if the Red Sox lose since we are having a little gathering to watch the