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ZERO PLUS 1142 DAYS--New
York, NY, Thursday, October 27, 2004--
BOSTON RED SOX VICTORY:
REMINDING US ALL
In the midst of a world embroiled in mayham,
the Boston Red Sox hit a home run for Vigilance last night in
its clean sweep over the St. Louis Cardinals to win the 2004
World Series in four decisive games.
But, until the last pitch struck out the last
batter of the last inning, it wasn't over. There was always
room for the Beast of Terror to foil Boston's bid to win the
World Series after being shut out from the honor since 1918
after trading Babe Ruth to the Yankees.
fan of baseball was aware of the "curse of Babe Ruth"
Some have said--and seemingly justly so--that
for countless years Babe Ruth hexed the Red Sox for trading
him to New York. The urban legend had it that the "ghost
of the Babe" haunted Fenway Park and turned the Sox's bats
into butter when it came time for crucial hitting, and slowed
pitcher's fast balls just enough to mark an "X" on
them so the opposing team could smash them out of the park.
The hex began in 1918 when Harry Frazee, owner
of the Sox at the time, needed cash to open up a Broadway play
called "No, No, Nannette." At the time, the Red Sox
had four World Series victories: 1912, 1915, 1916 and 1918 and
the New York Yankees had never won one.
Frazee sold Babe to New York for $125,000 cash
and $300,000 in loans. Red Sox fans went crazy, hanging "for
sale" signs on public buildings, ranting and raving over
the loss of the Babe, but to no avail.
From that date, the Yankees went on to win
26 World Series while Boston ran dry as a bone until last night.
Eighty-six years of "punishment" some say for selling
out the Babe and the Boston fans.
Belief played a vital role
in the surging power of the Boston Red Sox over their
final eight games
But something changed dramatically this year,
enough to break a long dry and often bizarre set of conditions
that kept Boston away from the Winner's Circle for decade after
decade after decade.
Studying the Boston fans, one sign dominated
It was "BELIEVE!"
Signs included photos of Manny Ramerez, voted
MVP of the series, with the words: "Keep The Faith!"
The universe seemed to be conspiring with Boston
fans to upset and overturn any "evil forces" that
may be at play.
and the stars joined in celebration -- the universe was
now perfect once again
On the night of its victory over the Cardinals,
and its sweep to win the World Series, the moon and stars joined
in celebration. Last night a lunar eclipse occurred, casting
a signal to the astrologically inclined that the planets were
now in alignment and the moon was now red. In other words, to
Boston fans, the universe was now perfect once again.
Belief may have played a vital role in the
surging power of the Boston Red Sox over the past eight games.
In the division playoffs, Boston was down three
games to the New York Yankees. Only one more game was needed
to put the Yankees into the World Series. The odds that Boston
could win four games in a row over the Yankees was slim to none
to virtually impossible.
No baseball team in the history of the sport
had ever come back and won after being down three games.
Ruth was challenged by the Red Sox and Fans
There is a demarcation line between reality
and super-reality, or between the average forces of gravity
and the super forces. There is that unexplainable hole in the
universe's natural order and nature, a tear, rip, flaw that
allows peculiar things to happen--both good and bad--but nevertheless
peculiar to the nature of order.
The Red Sox moved into that tiny sector Rod
Serling might have called the Baseball Twilight Zone where every
possible thing that could go right for the underdog did, and
everything that could go wrong for the number one team--statisically--in
One after another victories fell at Boston's
feet to the astonishment of the sporting and non-sporting world.
History was being made.
One of the world's greatest icons of sports--Babe
Ruth--was being challenged, for the Boston Red Sox were playing
against the alleged curse the Babe had issued eighty-six years
ago. So it wasn't just some small measure of sporting success
that was at stake, it was a huge, universal clash of titanic
powers because the Impossible and Improbable was about to become
the Possible and Probable.
Sox Manager Terry Francona is congratulated by his father,
Tito, also a Major League Ballplayer
Belief had to fuel the universe. All things
require energy of some sort--spiritual or physical--for movement,
advancement, action. Baseball teams are no different than automobiles.
The more and better the fuel, the better the efficiency and
The Red Sox inhaled the elixir of Belief from
their fans who, despite years and years of stinging, heartwrenching
defeats, stuck to them. Over eighty-six years, each year becoming
more and more intense, the fans cheered and stomped and rallied
their team right up to Heaven's Gates. And when the team got
sent back to baseball hell, the fans stood behind them again
and again as they climbed back up the ladder.
link to see the countless division wins the Sox had, only
to be thwarted at the last moment. But that didn't stop "Belief!"
Red Sox Fans never gave up
In a world where it seems madness and Terrorism
rule, and our political leaders are busy castigating one another
as to which of them is the worst human being on earth, it is
good to know that universe rewards the hard-working, the believers,
the real champions of the world.
It was the fans standing behind Boston over
many years that caused the universe to allow the Red Sox to
win an incredible eight consecutive games and to make baseball
Millions upon millions upon millions of Red
Sox fans over the years have stood by their team in thick and
thin, and last night it was the creme-de-la-creme, the topping
on the cake of waiting, hoping, wishing and only being defeated.
Sysiphus and Tantalus would both be proud of
the Red Sox, but they would tell you it was the chorous of Angels--the
fans--who fueled the forces of the universe to align the planets
in such a manner as to eclipse all the logic, all the statistical
probability, and create, for a brief moment, the impossible
Red Sox victory is a victory for all of us
The Boston victory is all our victory.
Anything in our lives that seems insurmountable
now shrinks if we look at what happened to Boston.
If we believe with the intensity of Boston
fans, the doors to the universe will open.
All we have to do is keep rooting no matter
what happens--just as the Boston fans did.
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