October 21, 2004

The Last Night of the Yankee Dynasty

Initial thoughts (The Red Sox won the pennant! The Red Sox won the pennant!):

Congratulations, first of all, to all of the Red Sox fans who have been waiting their entire lives for what they just saw. On top of all the Bambino/Bucky Dent/Aaron Boone/A-Rod stuff, this is historical because no team as ever before clawed back from a 3-0 deficit, and the Red Sox have never before defeated the Yankees in a playoff series or, I believe, a pennant race.

As for Yankee fans, my condolencesÖ except fuck that- do I feel sorry for them? No! Of course not! You've had enough glory for one lifetime, let someone else have a turn for once.

On the other hand, I canít wait for Sports Guy tomorrow. Read these pre-Game 7 letters as a warm-up.

The Post is going to be very, very, very fun to read for the next month or two. And hell, I may even listen to WFAN tonight.

Imagine how differently the season would've gone if the Red Sox had made the deal for A-Rod. I could see a "Plot Against America"-like novel growing from this premise.

Tomorrow nightís Houston/St. Louis Game 7 will almost be an afterthought after this. But I'll watch it anyway. And while I picked Houston to reach the series both at the start of the season and the start of the playoffs, I'm rooting for the Cards, because Boston and St. Louis are the two best baseball towns in the country, and neither has hosted a World Series in awhile.

At any rate, thank you, Yankees and Red Sox, for deflecting our attention away from the presidential election for a few precious days.

Oh, and one more thing: the Curse isnít broken quite yet. They still have to win the World Series.

Posted by Stephen Silver at October 21, 2004 12:08 AM
Comments

I was ready to write this series off Saturday, but they proved all of us naysayers wrong. Wow, just wow. I lived here too long to think this is anything but a setup for the biggest letdown of my brief lifetime, but still, what an amazing series.

I just hope the political analogies don't get too ridiculous. If Houston should make it, perhaps a friendly bet could bring some humanity to the only election to feature more vitriol than a Yankees/Sox series. And as a partisan Democrat, I hope Kerry doesn't make a "Manny Ortez" mistake again.

Posted by: brian at October 21, 2004 02:27 AM

i still can't believe it.

btw, the Curse is a reference to Jew-hating.

Posted by: LilB at October 21, 2004 12:05 PM
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