Article Summarization: Chants, Curses Can't Stop Red Sox

Topics: Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, 2004 American League Championship Series Pages: 4 (994 words) Published: February 18, 2013
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Chants, curses can't stop Red Sox

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Chants, curses can't stop Red Sox

NEW YORK (AP) _ Who's your daddy, indeed.

No chants, no curse could stop the Boston Red Sox.

They turned history on its head and the New York Yankees into baseball's most stunned losers to reach the World Series for the first time since 1986.

"All empires fall sooner or later," Boston president Larry Lucchino said.

He had once branded the Yankees "the Evil Empire," and he fought them hard without the resources that Yankees boss George Steinbrenner had. But even with a far lower payroll, the Red Sox had enough stars to come through with one of the greatest victories in the history of the franchise.

"I'm just thinking of all those great Red Sox teams that could never quite beat the Yankees," said Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein, proud that he helped put together one that did.

The way they're playing, rolling to four straight wins with everyone clicking, they just might win the whole shebang for the first time since Babe Ruth was on their side back in 1918.

All of us who wrote off the Red Sox after they lost the first three games, and seemed to have lost Curt Schilling to injury, were wrong. Crow pie is hereby served.  Now Yankee fans have a small idea of how Red Sox Nation has suffered, watching its team find incredible ways to lose over and over. They can't truly grasp the depth of the annual ordeal without going through it for generations, but losing this one hurt to the Big Apple's core.

At one minute after midnight, the Red Sox closed out the Yankees 10-3 in Game 7 when Ruben Sierra grounded out to second base. Nothing whacky happened. No ball through someone's legs, no errant throw, no sudden breeze from the supposed ghosts of Yankee Stadium. Just a simple throw by Pokey Reese to first and the Red Sox were the American League champions.

They had been hugging each other in the dugout for several innings, and now they...
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