Wow! What a great World Series and baseball season for the Boston Red Sox. Hat off to Gernot's St. Louis Cardinals for a great season as well. They've been a force for the last decade, and with players like Wacha, Carpenter, Martinez and Rosenthal, I think they'll be playoff favorites for a while.
As a Red Sox fan since 1978, there was a lot of heartbreak up until 2004, the greatest being the 1986 World Series. I was 16, and was able to go to game 4. A friend of mine was a vendor, and, back then, he was able to get into the ballpark, borrow another vendor's badge, come outside and give it to me, and then we both walked right in. It was standing room only, and I don't have a ticket stub, but it was a magical event. The Sox, with Al Nipper pitching, lost to the Mets that night, and went on to lose the series, although being one pitch away from victory in game 6, when the ball infamously went through Bill Buckner's legs, but that seems so far away right now. With three World Series wins in the last 10 years, the Red Sox have totally lost that "lovable losers" identity which the Cubs embody all by themselves now.
I tell my nephews that they don't even know what it was like to be a Red Sox fan back then, as all they know is winning.
Congratulations to World Series MVP David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia, John Lester, John Lackey, and all the rest for a great season. After the Boston Marathon bombing, and last years last place finish, this was an incredible moment for the city of Boston.