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Offline YWNWA

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The End Of The Curse Of The Century
« on: October 29, 2004, 10:19 »
From the Straits Times:

ON AN eerie night, when a red moon passed through Earth's shadow for a total lunar eclipse, the Boston Red Sox beat the St Louis Cardinals 3-0, won their first World Series and scored a historic trifecta.

First, they became the only team to come back from a three-game deficit to win the American League pennant, a feat attempted 25 times before and never achieved.

Then they became the first professional baseball team to ever win eight straight play-off games.

And finally - but most importantly for everyone swarming the streets of Boston on Wednesday night - they finally broke the Curse of the Bambino to become the best team in baseball after an agonising 86 years.

And the Red Sox did not just beat the Cardinals, owners of the best record in baseball, they swept them in the seven-game series despite being a wild-card pick.

Wednesday's win was the easiest of the lot.

Johnny Damon started with a solo home run, and then Trot Nixon's two-run double in the third inning sealed it behind a brilliant seven-inning, three-hit performance by pitcher Derek Lowe, as the more than 57,000 fans chanted 'Thank you, Red Sox'.

Relievers Bronson Arroyo and Alan Embree worked the eighth and Keith Foulke finished it off for his first save.

Even before Doug Mientkiewicz caught Foulke's toss on Edgar Renteria's grounder for the last out, the Red Sox were rushing out of the dugout.

Boston players streamed in from the bullpen, and they all came together in a pulsating pile between the mound and first base.

'Unbelievable," Lowe said. 'No more going to Yankee Stadium and having to listen to '1918'. '

Memories are long in Boston. The franchise won the first World Series in 1903. But back then, the team, appropriately enough, were named the Pilgrims.

The Red Sox, with Babe Ruth, won the series in 1915, 1916 and 1918 - giving the club five of the first 15 titles. After that auspicious start, the team's fortunes turned.

It all came crashing down on Jan 3, 1920.

The world famous slugger was sold to the Yankees by Boston owner Harry Frazee for US$125,000 (S$212,500) and a US$300,000 loan.

Ruth predicted angrily that the team never would win again.

Boston played in four World Series after his departure, losing all in seven games each time - twice to the Cardinals in 1946 and 1967.

The Yankees, meanwhile, won 26.

But on Wednesday, the curse was no more.

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NY shrink rains on Red Sox victory parade
« Reply #1 on: October 29, 2004, 10:25 »
    NEW YORK, Oct 28 - A New York psychiatrist cautioned Boston Red Sox fans on Thursday that the team's first World Series title in 86 years could have a deleterious effect on them.
    Charles Goodstein, professor of psychiatry at the New York University School of Medicine, said Sox fans had "wallowed in their misery" for generations and may find the euphoria of their four-game sweep of the St Louis Cardinals a jolt to their identity.
    "If part of a long-time identity of being a Red Sox fan is a sense of suffering, a sense of not winning, a kind of camaraderie with other losers, you lost some of that," said Goodstein. "You have to face up to a different kind of identity, of being at least an ephemeral winner."
    Three million people may turn out in Boston on Saturday for the Red Sox's victory rally, and Goodstein, an admitted fan of Boston's arch-rival New York Yankees, jokingly warned hard-core Red Sox fans of possible long-term fallout.
    "Still so firmly anchored in this identity of loser, they may have to unconsciously subvert themselves in other aspects of life apart from their fandom," posited the professor, who is also president of the Psychoanalytic Association of New York.
    "Who knows?" he said. "They may screw up on the job, they may get into unbearable arguments with their wives and kids, they may have to suffer in some other fashion.
    "How difficult it is once you've lived the life of a masochist to suddenly find there is no one there to whip you any more."
    Goodstein laughed as he spun out the conjecture, and then swallowed some Yankee pride.
    "It's not been easy the last week or two," he said with grudging respect for Boston's historic playoffs victory over  New York, becoming the first team ever to win four games in a row after dropping the first three in a baseball post-season  series.
    Knocking off the Yankees gave the Red Sox the right to meet, and beat, the Cardinals in the Series.
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Re: The End Of The Curse Of The Century
« Reply #2 on: November 19, 2004, 16:33 »
Weird.  Lose not happy, now win also not happy...  ;D

I guess the new "losers" in American baseball would be the Chicago Cubs.
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