It isn’t all that bad to live in the past and tonight the 2004 Boston Red Sox will be honored tonight as we mark the 10-year anniversary of the breaking of the “Curse of the Bambino.”
As quickly as 2005 the gang was split apart, but only partially. The “idiots” as they lovingly tabbed themselves will be praised at Fenway Park before the Sox kickoff a two-game set with the slump-busting Atlanta Braves.
Expected to be in attendance will be (in order of my personal favorites):
David Ortiz (Duh!)
Johnny Damon (sigh)
If I were currently on the east coast, this would be one of the necessary events to attend in my life including my future wedding and the next Dallas Cowboys Super Bowl. The comfort of winning two World Series titles since the 2004 team will make this perhaps a bit less emotional, but fans will be raucous tonight when the players are introduced. I can only imagine the ovation Ortiz will get when he returns as a retired player years from now.
This reminder may also be a nice kick-in-the-butt for the team now. Though they have won two in a row, they are still 2-10 in their last 12 and need to get on an extended role. It wouldn’t hurt to see all of the guys who started this latest trend of winning in Boston to help start a nice two-month stretch of .575 baseball.