It’s Thursday, Aug. 15 and the Boston Red Sox are currently preparing for game three of their three game series with the Toronto Blue Jays. After an error-plagued, extra-inning loss cost Boston a victory on Wednesday night, the Red Sox are hoping to get back onto the winning side of things on Thursday and take this series from the last place Blue Jays.
The only problem however, is the fact that Aug. 15 also marks Ben Affleck‘s birthday and it’s a date that over the past 15 years has been nothing but trouble for Boston. Many people are aware of Affleck’s affiliation with the city of Boston — he grew up in Cambridge and has shot numerous movies within the city’s limits. He’s a Boston fan, but the Red Sox have simply been unable to give him a birthday present and this isn’t something that has just recently developed.
The Red Sox have not won a game on Aug. 15 since 1998, a stretch that includes 13 consecutive losses on the date, throw in a couple odd years in which there was no game scheduled on this date, and you have yourself a brutal stretch that has ranged over a decade for Affleck and the Red Sox. So, today is that day and is it finally the time in which Boston puts a close to this dreadful streak?
Well, Jake Peavy is on the mound on Thursday night and ironically enough, he’s only been a member of the Red Sox for a couple of weeks now. He could be the perfect player to guide Boston to a win on Thursday night. In addition, the Red Sox need a win if they hope to prevent losing back-to-back series and five of their last seven overall.
I’ll say Boston puts an end to the Affleck streak on Thursday night and takes two out of three from Toronto.