October 27, 2004…11:37pm

With all due respect to the White Sox, it’s time for me to reflect on the most amazing time in Red Sox Nation’s history.  One year ago today.

davemikeI watched the final game with my parents…and when it was over I drank an entire bottle of champagne and fielded phone calls and emails from just about every person I ever met.  I watched all of the local coverage and ESPN until around 2am…and never went to sleep.  I watched the Red Sox come home with the trophy on the early morning news, got dressed in my Sox gear and went to trottitowork to celebrate with the people in my office. We laughed and cried and did nothing all day but read about the World Series online and talk about the historic way the Sox got there.

That Saturday was the most amazing parade/rolling rally any sports town has ever seen…and I stayed home alone while my friends and relatives went into town…and cried for the entire length of the parade (luckily every channel in town covered it and I taped every moment of it).  I thought about so many people I know who didn’t get to see this and I thought of my (then) 69 year old dad who waited his whole life for it.

It was the best October ever.

Red Sox fans are spoiled by their team.  Many are commenting on the lack of emotion from the White Sox on their win.  Not every team is comfortable showing the man-love like MY Sox are.   Those guys celebrated like they just accomplished the most important thing in their careers…the White Sox celebrated like they just won a big game.  Different strokes is all.

I was worried that a new World Champion would take away how I’ve felt all year about the Red Sox winning in 2004 – when I watched Ozzie Guillen interviewed last night, I realized I was wrong.  Nothing will ever diminish what the Red Sox did and how they made me feel.  If anything, I love them more this morning than I did yesterday.

Thanks for an amazing, year-long celebration of an amazing accomplishment fellas!


Can’t wait until we do it again!

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