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Oct
09

October 21 is One of the Greatest Days of the Year

RED-SOX-VICTORY__1224078695_6201Sure, 5 years ago technically the game began on October 20th, but it was after midnight when the final out (Ruben Sierra grounding out to second) was recorded and history was made. The Red Sox had conquered their Everest. Yes, the Sox still had to make their way through the Cardinals, but that proved to be no trouble. More importantly, it was the Yankees who had been the enemy, who had confounded Boston time after time, letting the Sox get tantalizingly close and then CRUSHING the dreams of a region.

All that changed with Alan Embree’s final pitch, Sierra’s weak grounder and the celebration was on. The most improbable comeback, against the hated powerful rivals was complete, the Boston Red Sox were going to the World Series and destiny was on their side.

Everything was different when they won. I remember when the final out was recorded into Doug¬†Mientkiewicz’s glove I just raised my fist in victory, unable to talk, unable to move, the Red Sox were the WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONS.

These days in October are precious, every playoff game is a gift, this year the gift was put away too early but that’s the way it goes sometimes. A sentiment I could never have expressed before the magic of 2004. For a 8 game stretch the Boston Red Sox played like gods, with carefree abandon, nothing to lose and everything to gain they did it. Today is the anniversary of one of the greatest victories in Boston history. Celebrate accordingly.




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