Congratulations once again to the Red Sox, who just completed one of the hottest runs in postseason history to win the World Series. I guess once every 86 years or so I can handle the Sox being champions. I fully expect, as Lis Riba’s husband Ian suggested, that the mortality rate in New England will spike, since everyone who’s been hanging on to see the Sox win the Series in their lifetime can now die happy. Cub fans everywhere are surely taking heart.
You know, it must really suck to be a Chicago White Sox fan. They’re totally overshadowed by the Red Sox and the now-defunct Curse of the Bambino, and the Cubs and the Billy Goat Curse. Their team hasn’t been champs since 1917 (the year before the last Red Sox title), but there’s no pop culture attached to it. Hell, nobody besides them even knows about it. I mean, did you know that it’s been 87 years since the Southsiders won the Series and 45 years since their last pennant? How about Cleveland, which won its last World Series in 1948? And then of course, there’s the Astros (sigh), who have never won a pennant. At least they got some attention for finally winning a playoff series, even if it was just the Division Series. Some teams are luckier than others in their misfortunes, I suppose.
So anyway. Congrats to the Sox. Enjoy the victory, savor it through the winter and spring. But don’t get too attached to it. You know better than I how hard it can be to do it again.
UPDATE: Pete shares a few thoughts.