11:45 AM -- Ha! We knew Nelson De La Rosa could help conquer the curse, eh? (See Pedro's Friend.) Well, congrats to all the Light Readers cheering the Sox in New England and elsewhere.
The Red Sox are being blogged globally at a frenetic pace as we speak, so I'll try to keep it brief.
Let's get to the quick playoff recap: Sox sweep Angels with walk-off home run by David Ortiz; Sox go down 0-3 against Yankees; Sox come back to tie Game 4 against the Yankees after being down to their final two outs; David Ortiz wins two more games in extra-innings walk-off hits; knuckleballer Wakefield fills in with heroic bullpen effort; Schilling gets tendon tied to ankle, shuts down the Yankees and then the Cardinals (see Notes From Section 57, Row E, Seat 17, Yankee Stadium); A-Rod goes grannie, now said to be depressed (see Agony of Defeat Haunts A-Rod); MLB single-season strikeout record holder Mark Bellhorn belts three crucial homers, including a couple of game-winners; Sox break record by overcoming historic 0-3 deficit; Derek Lowe is the only pitcher to ever get the final win in three playoff series in a row; Red Sox set the record for longest postseason win streak (8).
Don't forget that curse thing, apparently broken by a 16-year old kid who happens to live in Babe Ruth's old house and took a Manny Ramirez home run in the teeth when they were playing the Angels under a full moon on August 31 (see The Kid Who Broke the Curse).
It all culminates as the Red Sox beat the Cardinals in the 2004 World Series on another full-moon night, during a lunar eclipse no less, thus breaking their 86-year-old drought.
Mr. Beevers, an English teacher at Weston High School in Weston, Mass., was correct when he observed: Truth is stranger than fiction.
Gotta go. Must read the Sports Guy.
— R. Scott Raynovich, US Editor, Light Reading