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October 28, 2004

Burying the Bambino
by Larry Mahnken

There, that wasn't so bad, was it? The world didn't end, it was just a baseball game. For the first time in 86 years, the Boston Red Sox are World Champions. And it's really not that bad.

Oh, don't get me wrong, I'm not happy about it, but I'm not miserable. But I have a great many friends who are Red Sox fans, a large number of family members who are Red Sox fans, and for them, I am genuinely happy. It was time, they had suffered long enough.

There's a part of me that's relieved, too.

For as long as I can remember, it hasn't been that the Yankees beat the Red Sox (though they had), but rather that they had to beat the Red Sox. Beating Boston became more important than beating any other team, even to the point where last season I was so happy that they won the ALCS, not because they were going back to the World Series, but because they hadn't lost to Boston.

Now, the Red Sox are just another team, and while the Yankees have to beat them, they don't have to beat them more than any other team. They don't have to be the team to stop the Red Sox, because they've already gotten where they needed to go.

So, congratulations Red Sox fans, enjoy your offseason. We're gonna kick your asses next year.