Our Boston Red Sox have exceeded our wildest expectations. Of course, they can revert to form by losing the World Series, but maybe this really is the year the curse dies.
Well, I can hope, can’t I?
Posted by: Andrew on October 21, 2004 07:12 AM
Whether or not they win the Series isn’t as important as knowing the Yankees are suffering.
When someone heard I was rooting for the Sox, she said, “But you’re from New York!”
I replied, “Tells you something, doesn’t it?”
Posted by: query on October 21, 2004 09:26 AM
The Golden Boy of Boston will revert to form and lose the election.
You can hope, pathetically, for another outcome. But it’s as foolhardy as betting on the Red Sox.
Posted by: longtime reader on October 21, 2004 09:51 AM
I’ve never felt compelled to comment in this blog despite violent disagreement with many of the positions here but I need to address query’s comment:
Please don’t associate the Red Sox, who are loved by republicans, democrats, conservatives, liberals, and all of the kooks in between with John Kerry…That’s just a cheap shot at the expense of all Red Sox fans…
Posted by: query on October 21, 2004 10:51 AM
I don’t associate the team with John Kerry.
I associate Dan Gillmor’s blind allegiance to something so out of the mainstream (in terms of performance and competence) about both the team and the man.
Whatever the damage to the game, and the nation.
Posted by: MD on October 21, 2004 11:49 AM
Congrats to the Red Sox — I’m not a Boston fan in general, but I’d like to see them win it (and the Cubs next year 😉 )
P.S. Dan, why don’t you just ban this idiot’s IP addess?
Posted by: owen on October 21, 2004 12:17 PM
Ease up on query…taking shots at somebody with his obvious intellectual and emotional problems is akin to beating somebody with a broken leg for not running the Boston Marathon fast enough. He may be slow, graceless and not very smart, but at least he’s involved, which is more than we can say for many of our citizens. Go around him, ignore or pity him, and pray that he gets better.
Posted by: jeff on October 21, 2004 01:41 PM
We Cub fans desperately want the Red Sox to win the Series!
We are sick and tired of you Baahstan whiners saying you’re the most cursed team in sports.
The Bosox have been to the Series FIVE TIMES, including this year, since 1945!
The truly, deeply cursed Cubs have been there a grand total of ZERO, REPEAT, ZERO times since then. And the only reason the Cubs made it then was because it was World War II and many of the best players were in the military.
Plus, Harry Frazee didn’t sell Babe Ruth in 1920 to the Yankees so he could invest in “No,No,Nannette. That play didn’t come out until 1925. See the George Vecsey column in the Sept. 25, 2004 NY Times for the deflation of that myth.
But Sianis really did try to bring the billy goat into Wrigley Field in 1945 and Sianis did put a Greek curse on the Cubs for that.
Posted by: Alison Chaiken on October 21, 2004 07:36 PM
I recently came across a possible tech explanation for the Boston Curse in a fine book called _Regional Advantage_ by AnnaLee Saxenian. The book is mostly about why Silicon Valley beat out Route 128 (summary: it’s the social networking). One chapter mentions that in the late 1940’s when William Shockley left Bell Labs, he tried to get Raytheon, Massachusetts’ largest tube company, to invest in his new venture. Raytheon turned him down! So Shockley came out to the Bay Area, and the rest is history, both for the Sox and Silicon Valley.
Who’s this Ruth guy anyway?
Posted by: go sox! on October 22, 2004 01:09 AM
“allegiance to something so out of the mainstream (in terms of performance and competence) about both the team and the man.”
Putting Kerry aside – c’mon, what kind of pinhead has to bring up partisan politics no matter what the subject – query shows himself damn ignorant about baseball. The Sox have been putting a great product on the field for a long time now. You gotta go pre-1967 to find perennial crappy Sox teams.
E.g. the Houston Astros have been around for over 40 years and this would have been their first World Series if they’d won tonight. Know any Cubs fans? Etc. etc.
Also, unlike query, Sox fans actually love something outside of their partisan politics, their stock portfolios or religion – their beloved Sawx. It’s a wonderful common bond among New Englanders, young and old.
It will be very special and very sweet if they beat the Cards.
Posted by: go sox! on October 22, 2004 01:19 AM
Dan, you called them “Our Boston Red Sox.” How’d you get to be a Sox fan out there on the left coast? Shouldn’t you be rooting for the Giants or the A’s?
Posted by: Dan Gillmor on October 22, 2004 02:24 AM
I lived in New England for a long time when I was younger. The Red Sox are New England’s team, and burden.
Posted by: Dan Gillmor on October 22, 2004 02:26 AM
And please don’t feed the troll…
Posted by: Owen on October 22, 2004 05:43 AM
I suppose the Bushists will now be despondent over last night’s results, fearing that a losing Texas team is a leading indicator of November’s results.
Posted by: Flackboy Kevin on October 22, 2004 06:43 AM
As a Bostonian by birth. I have allowed myself to “believe” again.
Posted by: Jim Hill on October 22, 2004 12:43 PM
It’s such a shame that the celebrations were marred by the increasingly-standard rioting and that a young woman was killed by a police officer during the fracas. Whatever happened to the days of my youth when a championship (pennant, etc.) meant crowds at the airport to welcome the conquering heroes followed by a parade and a celebration at the biggest park in the city? Why do so many punkasses think that burning couches and overturning police cars is appropriate?
Oh, and go Cards. (Sorry, too many years just up the road from St. Lou.)
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Posted by: Bobby on October 25, 2004 11:28 AM
I’ve got a feeling that this is the year, go Sox!