The baseball season concluded with a 6-1 Boston victory to award the 2013 Red Sox their third World Series title in 10 years. No one expected they would have any chance of getting into the playoffs after losing 93 games last year under manager Bobby Valentine. Indeed the team seemed to implode under his leadership but there seems to be some indomitable spirit that lives in Fenway Park – it’s that old stadium, their fans and a feeling that any setback can be righted. With a resiliency rarely found in any other place.
The Boston Tea party launched our revolution against tyranny. Last April, two terrorist brothers, on welfare, planted explosives that killed and maimed. While this World Series victory won’t repair the broken lives of those Bostonians, it goes a long way in assuaging the pain and anguish suffered on that day. Moreover, it defines who we are as a nation. We never give up and we always find a way to victory.
So did the Bosox of 2013.
There’s been much written about the similarities of this team and the 1967 Red Sox. That "Impossible Dream" team, too, conquered all odds and captured the American League pennant after losing 90 games the previous season. Just like this year, they were written off before the first pitch of spring training. In ’67, they lost to the St. Louis Cardinals in seven; this time they won in convincing fashion in six.
Over the last few years there seems to be a groundswell of support for the Red Sox. Even in metro New York/ New Jersey, they have made great inroads supplanting the Yankees as the AL team of choice. Many are just front runners jumping off a sinking ship (typical Yankee fans) due to the uncharacteristic ineptitude of the current Yankee roster. They have become a victim of their own haphazard spending sprees to the detriment of their once well-stocked farm system. Now it’s depleted and they are left with aging and brittle stars and at least one pompous ass who likes the spotlight as much as the Kardashians.
As a Boston Red Sox fan I enjoy watching the Yankees foundering almost like a glorified, expansion team. And, of course, for all the times they humiliated the Red Sox over the years. Finally good has triumphed over the evil empire. And the Red Sox with their ever changing cast of characters sit atop the world of baseball.