So the sox won the World Series....
To you non-sports fans, what does this mean? Let me tell you...
The Red Sox have not won a world series since 1918, I'm sure you have heard
that from your Yankee fan friends. But this year was different. Why? Because I
watched every game, and took my father to a game this year, that's the
difference. My father called me last night and said, "You know why they won?!,
They won because we didn't watch the games together and you took me to a game
Let me take you back to 1986 - I was living in a semi-apartment in my
father's basement, watching the world series for the first time as a Red Sox Fan
(a SERIOUS Red Sox fan!), my father called me up from my "apartment" in the
basement to watch the last out with him, this was a serious moment!... We
watched...as Buckner (who had to move to Canada to avoid the wrath of the fans)
missed a play at first base so easy any high school kid could have made it.
Buckner missed the play. And the Curse of 1918 continued....
This is what being a Red Sox fan was all about, I knew the feeling in 1986, I
watched the games and felt the pain with my father. He raised me to be a Sox
fan, and I hated him for the pain I felt ever since! I watched them fuck up in
86, I have vague memories of 75 games against the Yankees, and I dream of wins,
every night since the Sox won the ALCS this year!
This year wasn't about a team winning more, it was about a legacy ending, a
legacy of losses, this team was meant to win, and I felt it! I went to 3 games
this year, and I took my father to one in July, it was probably the best, last,
father son thing we'll do, it was great, the Sox won... we loved it!
I should note here that my father never took me to a baseball game, so my
taking him to a game solidified in his mind the reason for the world series win,
Maybe that was it, maybe it was me wearing my green Red Sox hat, maybe it was
me wearing a Manny shirt on Sunday games, or not wearing my hat on Mondays,
maybe it was me not shaving for that week in July, or the 3 days I didn't shower
to win the ALCS, maybe it was the game I refused to sit down, or the game I only
drank a beer on the odd innings....
Thank You Red Sox !
Thanks for the year and the shit I went through to hope you'd do it. You did,
now I can sleep!