"Swing and a ground ball, stabbed by Foulke. He has it. He underhands to first. And the Boston Red Sox are the World Champions. For the first time in 86 years, the Red Sox have won baseball's world championship. Can you believe it?" were Joe Castiglione's words when the Red Sox won the World Series in 2004, and a decade later they still give chills to the Red Sox Nation.
After coming back from 0-3 deficit in the ALCS against the Yankees, the Red Sox carried their momentun to the World Series. The question here is, how did the Red Sox didn't won for almost nine straight decades, and yet made winning look so easy during a week? Let's not forget that Game 4 of the World Series was only one week later after Game 7 of the ALCS. The 2004 October Squad didn't had a player like Ted Williams, Carl Yastrzemski, Luis Tiant, Carlton Fisk or even Nomar Garciaparra (he was traded in July 2004), so how did they managed to acomplish something so incredible? How did a bunch of idiots won it all in October, when legends of the 20th century couldn't do it?
Chemistry. It's always the chemistry.
Being 0-3 in the ALCS isn't funny, but the Red Sox made it enjoyable. Every single moment after Millar walking was just amazingly enjoyable, and it shouldn't be since being one out away from elimination isn't something that every heart can handle. That's why we get chills every time we watch Four Days in October, Fever Pitch or even listen to Joe Buck's call. "Back to Foulke, Red Sox fans have longed to hear it, the Boston Red Sox are the World Champions!
The Red Sox changed Massachusetts social and cultural history forever. The Red Sox Nation wasn't a loser fanbase anymore, and the history was barely beginning. Three years later, the Red Sox went back to the World Series and swept the Colorado Rockies. And just 362 days ago, the Red Sox finally won the World Series at home for the first time in 95 years. Really, who thought that Kevin Millar, Manny Ramirez, David Ortiz, Dave Roberts, Curt Schilling, Pedro Martinez, Jason Varitek, Trot Nixon, Pokey Reese, Tim Wakefield, Keith Foulke, Gabe Kapler, Mark Bellhorn, Bronson Arroyo, Orlando Cabrera and Bill Mueller were the team destinated to win it all? And given the Red Sox history back then, the Series couldn't go to a Game 5 since Ruth's ghost would manage to make everything go wrong for the Red Sox.
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The 2004 Red Sox are a team that will always have a special place in every Red Sox fan.
"You know, a lot of people say they didn't want to die until the Red Sox won the World Series. Well, there could be a lot of busy ambulances tomorrow." -Johnny Damon.
Do you remember where you were then Red Sox finally won the World Series? Do you think we'll be able to see something this great in the next years? Leave your comments below.
Pd. I know it's kind of late, but I wanted this post to go online at the exact time the Red Sox won the World Series. (11:40 p.m. ET)