Before the supposed curse came to an end in 2004 against the St. Louis Cardinals, they had two previous opportunities to defeat St. Louis and end the curse. Those two attempts and failures came in 1946 and 1967, so the 2004 victory over the Cardinals was bitter sweet. Three years later Boston once again won a World Series by defeating the Colorado Rockies, but that team still had quite a few players from the 2004 squad that won. This time around, being in the World Series seems a bit different for the Red Sox.
In 2012, Boston suffered its first losing season since 1997 and their worst season since 1965, yet here they are one year later getting ready to face the Cardinals once again in the World Series.
When the Red Sox made the blockbuster deal last season with the Los Angeles Dodgers and they traded away the likes of Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford and Josh Beckett, the majority of Red Sox fans may have cringed at the thought of losing so much talent. But at the same time they likely smiled knowing ownership was getting the team a whole lot younger with what they received in return. A victory in this year’s World Series would bring everything full circle for Boston. In fact, I feel a World Series victory this year would mean just as much as it did when they ended the curse in 2004.
To go from being one of the worst teams in the American League to an appearance in the World Series one year later means you’re doing something right as an organization.