Consider it a done deal. This is the year that the Boston
Red Sox will win their first World Series in 84 years. As always, the Sox have kept their sense of drama. Rather than win it outright by staying in first place the whole season, they've given a very sporting 9 game lead to the Yankees, as well as a 3 1/2 game lead to two different teams in the wild card standings. That leaves them poised for a history-making run to a very certain outcome: World Championship.
Let's review. The Red Sox have not won a World Series since
1918. Some people say the Red Sox are cursed because they
traded one of the greatest players ever (if not THE greatest player ever) to the New York
Yankees in 1920. That player was Babe Ruth.
This year, the curse has not emerged. I mean, okay, despite finally having a
SECOND great starting pitcher, the Red Sox can't get
their bullpen to hold on to a lead. And the Red Sox seem to lose more one-run games
than any other team. And there is a strike looming with the Red Sox not QUITE eligible for the playoffs.
But these are trifles. On the plus side, the Red Sox have one of the most potent line-ups in
baseball. With more All-Stars then almost any other team. With a great
new manager, Grady Little, sitting in the dugout, and a great new owner
John Henry manning the front office, the Sox are prepared to do what everyone in
Boston is waiting for: Win the 2002 World Series.
Here's how we know it's locked up for Boston:
- Ted Williams is dead.
You might think his death would be a bad omen.
Ted Williams was the greatest Red Sox player in its history,
and the greatest hitter to ever play the game.
But Ted Williams was also born in 1918, the last year the Red Sox
won the World Series. Wouldn't it be fitting for Ted's life to end the way it began -- with the Red Sox as champions?
For a man who hit a home run in his
last at-bat of his career you can expect no less from his ghost
than to guide his team to a World Series
championship in the last year of his life. And with Ted's passing,
Boston will learn that there are three things certain in
life: death, taxes and World Series victories in Beantown.
- Massachusets beat Harlem in the Little League Championships.
These little sluggers show that New England
can beat New York. Now that the illusion of New York's
superiority has been shattered, the Red Sox can go to
Yankee Stadium fearless, because they know that even
12-year-olds can beat the Big Apple. And what's the moral of
this after-school special? World Series rings for the Sox.
- The Strike.
(at press time, it was not clear if the players would strike or not)
a. There is a baseball strike. The
Red Sox are tired. Cliff Floyd and Johnny Damon are
hurting. A few days off will give these two time to heal
and come back in full strength. And they bookend the heart
of the order. And there will be one issue
that both the players and the owners can agree on: The Red Sox
are 2002 World Series champions.
b. A baseball strike was avoided.
Most teams have been exhausting themselves striking
people out and hitting homeruns, assuming they
will have a strike to rest up before the playoffs. The Red Sox have been
losing more one-run games then anyone, sparing their energy. Once the strike is off, the Red
Sox will be ready to flex their well-rested muscles. Here is a question: What can stop a well-rested Sox lineup? Only one thing: A 2002 World Championship Trophy for Boston.
- The numbers add up.
2002 is a palindrome. The same backwards as
forwards. Its also been 90 years since Fenway Park, home of
the Boston Red Sox, opened its gates. Read that number
backwards and you get 9 - the same number cut into left
field to commeorate Ted Williams. Creepy. Also, it's been 84 years since
the Red Sox won a World Series. 8-4 = 4. Add the numbers in
2002 up. 2+0+0+2=4. 4=4. It's too perfect to be a coincidence.
Fate is telling us that the Red Sox will win the World Series
- Jimmy Fallon.
Comedian Jimmy Fallon is hosting the Video Music
Awards. On his show Saturday Night Live, he portrays a character who loves the Red Sox. 'Nuff said. May I present the award for best 2002 World Series Champion to... The Boston Red Sox!
Close the book. You already know how this story ends. The fans live happily ever after, now that the Boston Red Sox have won the 2002 World Series.