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October 21, 2004

This is not a tragedy
by SG

Sure, this is a huge disappointment, but it's baseball. I am frustrated and angry, but the team that played better won this series. Just realize that there is no reason to be sad, and there's no reason to feel depressed. Feel sad about things that happen to you, your family, and your friends. Don't feel sad about a sporting event, no matter how emotionally attached you may get at times.

As Yankee fans, we've been spoiled, and we are the luckiest sports fans on earth. As tough as this ending is, remember the great games this team gave us this year, and all the great games in the last 10 years. Let the Red Sox fans have their moment, wish them well in the next round, and move on with your lives. Rest assured, George Steinbrenner will pull out all the stops this offseason to put this team in a position to compete for the World Series again.

There'll be a lot of talk about the Yankees choking, but that denigrates a heroic effort by the Boston Red Sox, who accomplished something that no other team in any major sport has ever accomplished (no, hockey doesn't count). Congratulations to the Boston Red Sox, and to their loyal fans. All sports teams have fans that are dicks, the Red Sox are no exception, but don't paint them all with the same brush. For the most part, they are among the most die-hard, loyal, and passionate fans in sports, and they deserve this night.

And there is no damn curse. Let's not dwell in the past anymore. What happened in 1978 doesn't matter. What happened in 1999 doesn't matter. What happened in 2003 doesn't matter. And in 181 days, when pitchers and catchers report, what happened in 2004 won't matter.