When the Sox came from a 0-3 hole to win four straight and beat the Yankees in the 2004 ALCS, I was briefly sad but I rooted whole heartedly for the Sox to win the World Series. For one thing, it is ‘understood’ that when your team loses, you root for their conquerors to go all the way. Also, knowing the long history of the Red Sox – Yankee rivalry I wanted the Sox to win now that they had finally made it to the World Series. I was very happy when they did win and got the monkey off their backs.
This year, once again, the Yankees are out of the playoffs and the Sox have a 2-0 lead against the Colorado Rockies in the World Series. The way they’ve played so far it looks like they’ll go onto their second World Series triumph in four years. I am rooting for them but not with the same fervor as I did in 2004. Why ?
I still like their players as much as I ever did. I think the Boston front office has done a great job putting this team together. I am an American League fan and I know next to nothing about the Rockies.And yet…
I suppose the difference is that in 2004, I had the feeling that 2005 would be different and the Yankees would once again be contending if not on top. This time , the outlook for the Yankees is far different.With Joe Torre’s forced resignation, with the impending dismantling of the team and the turmoil in the front office, 2005 is very much a question mark. Oh, I know that the Yankees will go out and sign some free agents but it will not be the same. Meanwhile the Sox look to have the blend of experience and youth that will keep them on top for the forseeable future.
And with the Sox having won in 2004, there is no longer the sympathy factor….
So, I am rooting for the Sox … kinda.
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