Posted at 2:39 PM on August 23, 2006
by David Zingler
As has been beaten to death by ESPN, the Yankees swept the Red Sox in a five game series at Fenway over the weekend. Now, they have built a comfortable cushion between themselves and their bitter rivals.
I am starting to wonder if The Curse was really broken in 2004. Last season the Sox choked away their first division title since 1990 to the Yanks in the season's final week and this year they might not even reach the postseason. Thatís all fine and good, you say, but how do I explain the Red Sox remarkable run to a World Series title in 2004?
Here goes: The Curse, after a grueling 2003 LCS round, in which it had to stave off both the Cubs and the Red Sox from reaching glory, was exhausted. When the BoSox fell behind the Yankees 0-3 in the 2004 ALCS, The Curse figured its work was done and took a nap. When it awoke to find the Sox suddenly on fire, it was too late to do anything. Already weakened, tired and complacent, The Curse watched helplessly as Boston finished its comeback over New York and steamrolled the Cardinals in the Fall Classic.
Never again, thought The Curse. Never again!
The real curse is that they try and compete with the Yankees, who are owned by George "I spend more money than all of you are worth...combined" Steinbrener. This probably seems like I am stating the obvious, but what I am trying to say is, because they have put themselves in the category of "big spenders," there is no such thing as a "rebuilding year." The Red Sox Nation seems to demand results (a phenomenon which puzzles me considering their record over the last 88 years), and the ownership seems to listen.
This means a depleted farm system (although I have to give them a lot of credit for Papelbon), and a lot of very pricey veterans, which are great when they get the job done, but make the sting of defeat a little more painful when they don't.
How do you explain 2004? Really? Excellent pitching and good hitting.
How do you explain the Red Sox in 2006? Dude, Alex Gonzalez is the starting shortstop. Alex Cora has been a starter for much of the season. Gonzalez and Cora?
Their best pitcher is going to be 40 years old in November.
Doug Mirabelli is a key component of the team.
The real view here isn't that the Red Sox have failed in the last part of the season. The real question is how they ever got into first place in the beginning.
Curses and all that nonsense is just that.
Good teams win. Bad teams don't.
This isn't hard.
The AL pennant ain't coming out of the AL East. The Yankees aren't that good either.