BIG PAPI LIFTS SOX TO GAME 4 VICTORY

“Curse is Foiled” by Graig Kreindler

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Curse is Foiled

BOSTON – At first, it seemed that after David Ortiz’s homerun into the right field bullpen of Fenway Park, that the Boston Red Sox were only postponing the inevitable. Sure it was an incredibly dramatic, come-from-behind win for the Sox. But these were the Yankees. The same Yankees that beat them in 2003. The same Yankees that beat them in 1978. The same Yankees that beat them in 1949. New York had clearly outplayed them in the previous three games of the ALCS, as well as the majority of game 4, and it seemed like it was only a matter of time before they would stop Boston’s bid for the World Series.

However, the game played on October 17, 2004 between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees will forever go down in history as being one of the most important in both of the franchise’s histories. Thanks to base running heroics by Dave Roberts and a game-tying single by Bill Mueller, the game remained deadlocked 4-4 into the 12 th inning. At 1:22 AM, David Ortiz delivered what proved to be the turning point of the series on a 2-1 pitch from Paul Quantrill. On his game winning homerun into the right field bullpen, Ortiz not only ended the longest playoff game in baseball history, but also breathed life into a Boston team that had been manhandled the previous three games.

Here, Ortiz is shown hitting his game winning homerun off of Quantrill. With Manny Ramirez on first base, ‘Big Papi’ gave the BoSox victory after what seemed like certain defeat, as well as the end of their season at the hands of the Yankee juggernaut. Jorge Posada is shown behind home plate, along with umpire Jim Joyce.

On the momentum of David’s shot, the Red Sox would go on to win the next 3 games against the Yanks, including the deciding Game 7 in New York amid the backdrop of a stunned ball club and crowd. From there, the World Series seemed almost anticlimactic, as the Sox reeled off another four straight to maul the National League Champion St. Louis Cardinals.

The World Series victory proved to be the first in 86 years for Boston, and, perhaps it’s most important. The win signified the end of the dreaded “Curse of the Bambino” and the onslaught of major bragging rights in the most heated rivalry in all of sports. Perhaps more importantly, it provided the Boston faithful with one important reason to believe.