By Patrick Murnane
Growing up in the 2000s in Boston was wonderful, since I never had to watch teams struggle and lose year after year. Sure, I missed some important events and players: Ted Williams, Larry Bird, and Bobby Orr just to name a few. That makes me think maybe I didn’t appreciate how amazing and rewarding the past 20 years have been in New England with 12 titles between the four major sports franchises.
That success seems to be dwindling with Tom Brady parting ways with the Patriots, the Red Sox in another low period, and the Bruins losing key players as well. It seems the Celtics have the best chance now at a title. With that being said, great teams means great games and moments in history with historic calls from the booth, etching these magical moments in our brains.
2004 was a magical year in New England with the Red Sox and Patriots winning a ring. The Red Sox felt extra special with the 86 year curse and all, of course learning what baseball was at that time, but not knowing the scope of losing for 86 years. Of course, the ALCS is an exciting part of the team’s history. Being down in the 3-0 to long time rival New York Yankees. The Red Sox would come back to defeat them from key hits from David Ortiz and Manny Rameriez, as well as a famous stolen base by Dave Roberts, and you can’t forget the guy he was pinch running for: Kevin Millar. The Red Sox would meet up with another long time National League rival the Saint Louis Cardinals. You see, in the midst of those 86 years of losing, sprinkled in were some years of greatness. Like 1967 where the Red Sox would meet up with said Cardinals for the World Series, losing 4-3. That was the last time the Sox made it to the Fall Classic. Now, the Red Sox would sweep all 4 games of the World Series.
“Back to Foulke, Red Sox fans have wanted to hear it, The Boston Red Sox are World Champions!” – Joe Buck, as a mob of men starts to form around Varitek and Foulke