Yesterday social media was inundated with “Ten years ago today” posts. Well, for those of us lucky enough to be Red Sox fans anyway. Â I purposely missed the window. This is a memory I want dragged out as long as possible (hell, the Boston Red Sox are still the reigning World Series Champs…I like to hold on). Â So here’s part one of my two-part anniversary post.
Because of what was going on last year, it seems I didn’t post anything on October 27, 2013 to commemorate the anniversary. And because of a bunch of my posts getting sent to oblivion, I don’t have anything from 2012…but going through my archives, it seems I had a lot to say about this anniversary.
2005 – my first year blogging
I was worried that a new World Champion would take away how Iâ€™ve felt all year about the Red Sox winning in 2004 â€“ when I watched Ozzie Guillen interviewed last night, I realized I was wrong.Â Nothing will ever diminish what the Red Sox did and how they made me feel.Â If anything, I love them more this morning than I did yesterday.
More than once since Iâ€™ve been on MLBlogs, Yankees fans have complained that “all Sox fans have is 2004”.Â Taunted me with it, really, about â€˜living in the pastâ€™.Â I suppose to fans of a team that continually go to the playoffs and have as many World Championship rings as the Yankees do, one specific World Series win isnâ€™t that big a deal.Â But even if the Red Sox win 10 more in my lifetime, NOTHING will ever top 2004.Â And, as Red Sox fans, weâ€™ve nothing to be ashamed of for remembering that season at any opportunity we can.
2007 – with the Red Sox in the World Series (and having gone to Game One), I was too occupied to actually write anything
2007 was sweet.Â It shut up everyone who said after 2004 â€œYou wonâ€™t win for another 86 years!â€.Â But 2004 was magic.Â And unless the Cubs win the World Series, no other fan base will truly understand what it meant to Red Sox fans.Â I donâ€™t care how egomaniacal that sounds, itâ€™s true.
2009 – I totally ripped myself off and just re-posted old stuff (sounds familiar…)
My memory isnâ€™t always the greatest, but I remember everything about that night.Â I remember the moon. I remember the looks on the faces of my parents.Â I remember my sisterâ€™s voice cracking when she called me after the final out.Â While I hope that every sports fan can be as happy as we were on October 27, 2004, I believe that it will be impossible to ever duplicate what went on that October.Â And for that, as well as the two World Championships in my lifetime, I will be eternally grateful.
Iâ€™m not ashamed to say that the post-season of 2004 changed my life. Â It did. Â You donâ€™t devote a significant part of your life to something like following a baseball team that hasnâ€™t won it all in 86 years without being affected by it when they finally do. Â Maybe Iâ€™m not richer, maybe Iâ€™m not any better a person than I was in 2003, and maybe the world didnâ€™t turn entirely upside down but, at the very least, Iâ€™m a bit happier. Â And thatâ€™s a lot to be thankful for.