October 28, 2004

The Sun Is Up

And the world is still here. I drove home from my cousin’s house in a daze last night, and it wasn’t an alcohol-induced daze either. I wasn’t sure what would happen when I woke up.

Fans last night were pouring out of the bars, looking like they were blinking off some nightmare. It felt entirely different from winning the ALCS against the Yankees. The Cardinals just struck me as a decent bunch of guys who were not prepared for the monster team that came alive after 3 bad games and ate the Yankees for breakfast in Fenway Park.

I am no baseball analyst, but it doesn’t take one to point out how the Cards bats were just plain shut down by the Sox. D-Lowe was not giving them any rest after Pedro’s performance the night before. It was a 4 hit game.

It was disconcerting to watch Tony LaRussa’s in the indignity of the post-game interview, trying to keep his composure while looking like someone had just hit him in the gut and then the nose. People, have some decency and let the guy catch his wind back.

Seeing that personal bit of the aftermath and looking back at 8 post season games that weren’t flawless but where the Sox dug in, worked ( hard ) as a team, didn’t dwell on mistakes, it’s tempting to imagine them as possessed by some preternatural force — some fearsome talisman against which no curse could compete.

I heard inane radio commentary in the hour before the game. “The Red Sox will be just another team if they win this.”

Are you kidding me? They didn’t just win the World Series. They swept it. They never trailed.

A lot of people were waiting a lot longer than I have. A lot of people were more invested than I was, and more loyal. But you can’t grow up here and not have the Red Sox in your blood somewhere. So I ask, what were we waiting for? Were we waiting for a superstar to come and save us? A 21st century Bambino?

No. They showed us how a team believes in something bigger. They were not full of themselves. They united in one goal. And when they pulled together, they yanked a star out of the firmament for the long suffering fans. For that, their names will never be forgotten in New England. Despite my cynicism, I’m finding it damn inspirational.

Posted by James at October 28, 2004 7:38 AM
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i can't believe it!!!! oh man, greatest day ever!!!! This was such a fun team...Ortiz, Manny, Passion, Horny, Curt, Pedro, D-Lowe, The OC, Tek, Billy M, Trotter, Dougie Doug, Bronson, Milllllaahhh...I love them all! The most amazing season in Boston Red Sox (MLB perhaps???) history. They deserve it, the fans deserve it. It just feels soooooo amazing!!!

Posted by: ryan at October 28, 2004 10:27 AM

I always knew it would happen in my lifetime, I just didn't think I would be this young.

Posted by: Sara at October 28, 2004 10:30 AM

heh - sara, i made a comment to my stepson (who is 6) about waiting 86 years for this to happen - speaking about the Nation - and he said, 'i didn't know you were 83.' ;)

unbelievable, isn't it? they won, and we're young enough to enjoy it! :)

Posted by: beth at October 28, 2004 10:57 AM

I have to agree that this was very different than beating the Yankees in the ALCS.

After that win, I felt extreme satisfaction and an urge to say "Hah! Take that, you bastards!"

After the World Series win, I felt more than anything a tremendous sense of relief.

It still hasn't quite sunk in--probably because I'm at work, doing actual work, and I've had just under 4 hours of sleep.

I am a very happy person today.

Posted by: Patti M. at October 28, 2004 11:28 AM

Right now we have 2 Championship teams in MA.

Posted by: Sara at October 28, 2004 12:20 PM

It's such a weird sensation. Now I feel like anything is possible.

Plus I'm so relieved I don't have to listen to those jackasses on Fox anymore.

Posted by: Julie at October 28, 2004 12:33 PM

We have two teams in NE (I despise pro football and basketball and we don't have a hockey team this year)?


EEI came in last night (maybe it was the eclipse?) so I was able to enjoy Joe and Jerry and not listen to a single Macarverism.

Posted by: B.O.B.(bob) at October 28, 2004 1:12 PM

Actualy, Bob put the radio on the floor next to the dog, who was sleeping on his bed. It seems that just like when a person gets better reception when he or she holds onto the antenna, the dog enabled us to hear Joe & Jerry rather than the Interview-With-Some-Guy-In-the-Stands idiots on Fox.

It was wonderful. Thanks, doggie!

Posted by: Patti M. at October 28, 2004 1:38 PM

Speaking of those jackasses at FOX, anybody else notice how all the Bush ads were during the game, and all the Kerry ads were after the game was over?

THERE'S a surprise.

Posted by: Chuck S. at October 28, 2004 1:51 PM

Time to share this thought:

Someone in my office suggested yesterday that perhaps the momentum of the Red Sox is a portent of the outcome of the election (we're both lefties). I confessed I had a similar thought...

My friend Peter said: "I've now heard several people say the same thing. perhaps..."

One game at a time, one day at a time, one election at a time. Believe!

Posted by: Patti M. at October 28, 2004 2:00 PM

There's another superstition that the last Redskins game before an election predicts the outcome of the election. If the Redskins win, the party currently in power remains in power.

So, be sure to root for the Packers this weekend. I hate football, but I'll do it for democracy.

Posted by: Julie at October 28, 2004 2:41 PM

You mean I have to be a cheesehead this weekend! Well I do like cheese. Where can I get me one a them funny hats!

Posted by: B.O.B.(bob) at October 28, 2004 2:57 PM

I'll call Winston.

Posted by: Patti M. at October 28, 2004 3:13 PM

If you get B.O.B. in a cheesehead, I want photos! The Redskins predictor is apparently accurate back to 1936, which shows you just how meaningless statistics can be. :) Still, I'll be rooting for the mighty men of cheese just to be safe.

Posted by: briwei at October 28, 2004 3:33 PM

Can Bob just eat cheese while, say, reading, at the same time they're playing the game? I don't think either of us can stand to actually have football on in the house.

Posted by: Patti M. at October 28, 2004 4:11 PM

I was made aware of a fabulous website today: www.shutuptimmccarver.com.


Posted by: Patti M. at October 29, 2004 10:49 AM

That links was practically the entirety of my Game 1 coverage.

Posted by: James at October 29, 2004 11:04 AM

We are not alone in our deep and abiding dislike of Tim McCarver. I suspected as much. The question is, why do they keep him?

Posted by: Patti M. at October 29, 2004 11:19 AM

He has naked pictures of Rupert Murdoch being spanked by Mickey Mouse.

Posted by: Julie at October 29, 2004 12:07 PM

Oy. What an image.

Posted by: Patti M. at October 29, 2004 1:49 PM

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