Red Sox Chick/Toeing the Rubber

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More on October 27, 2004

Cele_1On the way into work today, I played my "Red Sox" playlist on my iPod.  One of the songs is called "Sox Dreams".  It’s Van Halen’s "Dreams" with highlights of the 2004 ALCS games 4-7 (including interview clips of the Red Sox).  Someone online put it together after the Sox won the ALCS.  Kind of a ‘get psyched’ song for the World Series.  I still don’t know who did it because someone sent it to me. 

It brought back a flood of memories from 2004.  More than once since I’ve been on MLBlogs, Yankees fans have complained that "all Sox fans have is 2004".  Taunted me with it, really, about ‘living in the past’.  I suppose to fans of a team that continually go to the playoffs and have as many World Championship rings as the Yankees do, one specific World Series win isn’t that big a deal.  But even if the Red Sox win 10 more in my lifetime, NOTHING will ever top 2004.  And, as Red Sox fans, we’ve nothing to be ashamed of for remembering that season at any opportunity we can.

I remember exactly how I felt after games 1-3 of the ALCS.  I was mad at Curt for pitching hurt.  I was annoyed at the team for not backing up Petey’s great pitching with more runs and I was sad that Tim Wakefield gave up his spot in the rotation to take one for the team and eat up innings in a game that was lost practically before it was started.  But then came game 4 and the historic comeback.

I’ve actually had folks take me to task for calling it that, as if I’m the first one to come up with it.  No team in professional sports, let alone baseball, ever came back from a 3-0 deficit to win a championship series.  None. (EDIT:  Reader "Dave" emailed me to point out that, in fact, TWO teams in professional sports had done this exact thing.  The  1942 Toronto Maple Leafs and the 1975 New York Islanders.  And offers this link to back that up.  My bad.  Thanks, Dave!) But the 2004 Red Sox did. (Okay, so they are the only professional sports team outside of hockey to accomplish this – my belief is still the same that this alone is worth remembering, regardless of what the team does from here on.)

To this day, I still have the front page of the Boston Herald from the day of Game 1 of the World Series hanging on the fridge in the television room.  It’s getting yellow (that’s okay, I have another copy of the entire newspaper in storage, as I do with all the papers from that post-season) and I refuse to let anyone take it down.  In that same room is the team photo of the 2004 team.  That never gets taken down either.

The World Series is a blur to me.  I remember the pre-game stuff for Game 1…and I remember all the errors in that game.  I remember Jeff Suppan’s brain cramp on the bases, I remember Mark Bellhorn’s homerun and I remember that final out.  Everything else has to be tweaked from watching the dvds and reading the accounts of the games.   

October 27, 2004 – I left work a little early so I could buy a bottle of champagne.  I couldn’t believe myself.  Normally, I would have considered that jinxing the team, but after ‘the comeback’ I didn’t believe in jinxes any more.  So I bought a bottle of champagne and watched history be made.  None of us at the house flipped out when they won.  My father just sat there, watching the celebration, with a huge smile on his face.  My mother was crying and smiling and I just kept saying "I can’t believe it, I can’t believe it" through my own tears.

Even typing that it seems unreal.  But it happened and it can never be taken away from us.

Two years later, even with a terrible ending to this season and a disappointing ending to last season, the same exact feeling comes over me when I remember that night.

Living in the past?  No.  Appreciating and enjoying what the past has brought us.

As ever, thank you Red Sox.

The 2004 Boston Red Sox:

Jimmy Anderson
Bronson Arroyo
Mark Bellhorn
Ellis Burks
Orlando Cabrera
Cesar Crespo
Johnny Damon
Brian Daubach
Lenny Dinardo
Andy Dominique
Alan Embree
Keith Foulke
Nomar Garciaparra
Ricky Guitierrez
Adam Hyzdu
Gabe Kapler
Curtis Leskanic
Derek Lowe
Mark Malaska
Anastacio Martinez
Pedro Martinez
Sandy Martinez
David McCarty
Doug Mientkiewicz
Kevin Millar
Doug Mirabelli
Bill Mueller
Trot Nixon
David Ortiz
Manny Ramirez
Pokey Reese
Dave Roberts
Curt Schilling
Earl Snyder
Mike Timlin
Jason Varitek
Tim Wakefield
Scott Williamson
Kevin Youkilis

October 27, 2006 - Posted by | Flashback

10 Comments »

  1. The Yankee fans who say “that’s all you’ve got” are the ones that need to just be dismissed as human beings, as they obviously have much greater problems in life than baseball fan issues. They taunted us for decades based on one thing: that we couldn’t win it all. And for 86 years, they were exactly right. So then we do win it all. And they say, “well, that’s all you’ve got.” Huh? THAT’s all there is, stupid! Was it not good enough for them? Did they need us to not only win, but win in some kind of crazy historical fashion, like, say, going through their team, being down 3-0, coming back to win and then sweeping the best NL team? Jeez, come on, you can’t expect–wait, we DID do that!

    I wonder what things they’ll say after further Red Sox championships…. “Those nine straight titles are all you’ve got.” “That time when you won the special all-time Universe Series that made the Yankees disappear forever is all you’ve got.”

    Anyway, happy Gold Day, Cyn. “2004 is all you’ve got.” That’s like going into someone’s house, seeing the holy grail glowing in the middle of their living room and saying, “That grail is all you’ve got. Loser.”

    jere
    http://letsgosox.blogspot.com

    Comment by two2067@aol.com | October 27, 2006 | Reply

  2. Well said Jere. And Cyn, your post made the past alive yet again, where it stays in my heart. FOREVER! Be well…love ya…Peter…
    http://peteronall.blogspot.com/

    Comment by peter1210@sbcglobal.net | October 27, 2006 | Reply

  3. //Taunted me with it, really, about ‘living in the past’.//

    It’s the Yankees who haven’t won a championship in this century.

    I always crack up at the “26 championships” bragging by Yankees fans. Yeah, like they remember so well those WS victories in the 1920s.

    Comment by hacaro@rcn.com | October 27, 2006 | Reply

  4. I found that line about “being taunted about 2004 by Yankee fans” to be hilarious. Taunt THEM about 2004! And I LOVE those who say that we are living in the past when it comes to the 2004 title. They are the same jerks who go on and on about their damned 26 rings. Talk about living in the past!! Six years and counting guys!!

    Anyway, give ’em hell, Cyn. Enjoy the sweet memories of two years ago. They will last forever.

    All the best
    John
    http://quinnmedia.blogspot.com

    Comment by salesicon@aol.com | October 27, 2006 | Reply

  5. The 2004 win connected every single one of us together for the rest of our lives. 10, 20 years from now the grandkids will flip on Turner [Very Very] Classic Movie Channel and Fever Pitch will be on. And for a moment all the memories & feelings of 2004 will come flooding back. And we’ll set back in our rocking chair and tell some wonderful stories about a very special baseball season and a very unique group of men who made baseball fun again.

    Comment by montego-76@webtv.net | October 27, 2006 | Reply

  6. HEE-LARIOUS!

    many in RSN can’t even celebrate their WS anniversary without attacking the Yankees and their fans..

    Jan Brady syndrome, anyone?

    enjoy your anniversary, RSN (but can your team win 3 in a row? how about 4 in 5 years? DOH!)

    Comment by levelboss@levelboss.com | October 27, 2006 | Reply

  7. I got my first car today. It has a Red Sox license plate, and the first song played in it was Dirty Water.

    What a day!

    To next year

    -A
    http://catchingredsox.mlblogs.com

    Comment by Arielle | October 27, 2006 | Reply

  8. Thank you, level, for putting a face to what we are talking about.

    Arielle, congrats!!!

    Comment by Cyn | October 27, 2006 | Reply

  9. You won it all as a Wild Card don’t forget it. in real baseball you should of been watching it.

    Comment by tony.depalma@gmail.com | October 29, 2006 | Reply

  10. Bitter much, Tony?

    In ‘real’ baseball there would be no night games too.

    Spare me your ‘real baseball’ crap.

    Comment by Cyn | October 29, 2006 | Reply


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