1 Nov 2013
I’m old enough to have experienced a Red Sox collapse. As a Freshman in High School, the 1986 World Series was devastating. Probably more devastating than it should have been to me, but I was young, that’s how it is suppose to work.
During my lifetime but too early in it for me to understand the magnitude of what had happened, The Red Sox lost a heart breaking World Series in 1975 and of course Bucky F’ing Dent did his thing in 1978, a truly terrible season.
What struck me Wednesday night was that there is a whole generation of fans, those born, say, after 1986, who don’t have any reason to fear a Red Sox meltdown. All they know of the Red Sox is that they won the World Series in 2004 and 2007. Life as a Red Sox fan is nothing but positives, peaches and cream, weeeeee!
I’m not asking for anyone to feel badly for me here but watching game 6 from Fenway was an exercise in anxiety. In fact the 48 hours leading up the game were terrifying. What if they blew a 3-2 series lead? Could it be the Red Sox of old have returned?
Top of the 7th, Red Sox leading 6-1, bases loaded and Matt Holliday at the plate the worst moment in game 6. I could see the older fans around me, pale, withdrawn, miserable. The younger fans? Not a worry in the world. The Red Sox escaped the inning unharmed and went on to win the World Series. Perhaps I need to accept the fact the Red Sox have been very successful and maybe, just maybe, are no longer tied to curses or jinxes.
I always imagined myself at Fenway watching them clinch a World Series championship, but I don’t think I really thought it would ever happen. Alas it did and I couldn’t be happier.
Thank you David and Mr. S for the ticket, I can’t think of a way to repay you.
One quick thing I found interesting. My phone lost battery charge in the 7th inning, lame. So when the final pitch was delivered, I was left clapping while the rest of Fenway was holding their smartphones, unable to clap. Strike three resulted in much cheering and screaming, but little clapping as how does one effectively clap with a phone in his/her hands? Just an interesting evolutionary observation.