Thursday, October 28, 2004

Everything's Changed

Well...maybe not everything... However, we now live in a universe where the Boston Red Sox are World Series champions, having completed perhaps the most magical 11 days in baseball history (or, at least New England baseball history). From being three strikes away from being swept by the New York Yankees in the ALCS, batting against possibly the most dangerous and dominating post-season relief pitcher in baseball history on the winning eight straight magical games and ending nine decades of misery and frustration.

Think about that for a second. 11 days ago, on a cold Sunday night in Boston, the Red Sox were dead. They were worse than dead. They were down three games to none to the MFYs, trailing at home and against Mariano Rivera who absolutely kills in the postseason. There wasn't any chance they'd come back and win the series - after all...nobody had ever come back from 3-0 down. All anybody really hoped was that they wouldn't let the Yankees sweep them. But the Sox never gave up - they clawed back in that game and won in extra innings. The next night, again they push it to extra innings and win again. But now, you're headed back to New York - they still need two more wins and the next pitcher up for the Sox has torn tendons in his ankle.

But they refuse to give up. Curt Schilling pitches the game of his life and they push it out to a seventh game, where they crush their hated rivals and move to the Series. Yes...I predicted all this (just ask anyone...I've been insufferable around the office). But even inside...I didn't think this was going to happen.

Today, anything and everything seems possible. If there has ever been something that told you the importance of never, ever giving up hope...of remaining optimistic through it all...of trying hard, taking risks and living life to it's fullest, no matter what...of faith and resiliance...the story of the 2004 Boston Red Sox is it.

My sincere congrats go out to the players and team, but more importantly, to "Red Sox Nation," probably the best and most loyal group of baseball fans in America, who have lived and died with years of frustration and today have smiles on their faces that just won't go away. Never did a group of fans deserve a championship more.

Anything is possible.


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