The Red Sox are on the verge of sweeping the New York Yankees and have increased their lead in the AL East to 8 1/2 games.
Boston fans may be having flashbacks to a former group of long locked "idiots" that ended a curse and brought home a World Series. Former Red Sox star and member of that 2004 team, Pedro Martinez, see's the similarities as well.
Before Friday's 12- 8 Sox win, Pedro held court in his "daddy's" house:
"The two teams are very similar... Everybody's loose, everybody's going along together, everybody's minding their own business at the time they have to. A very, very professional team. That's what you're seeing out there. Everyone out there is trying to look as professional as they can, and they're trying to do it the right way. And it's not only in the field. Off the field, you see that the behavior of those guys is different. I think in that aspect I think this team is even above the one in '04. That's because this team, it's not only in the field that they really, really control what they do, but also away from the field. They have been doing a great job and I hope that they continue to do that... I keep saying, 'We're not big names, we're not the super team. But we're gamers.' That's what we have — a whole bunch of gamers."
Martinez, now a special assistant to general manager Ben Cherington, said he thought the team was a playoff contender during spring training, “When I saw the whole team together, I thought, ‘We’re going to surprise a lot of people.'"
As the Sox continue to surprise and look to sweep the Yanks, let's reminisce one more time.