Even if you don’t believe in those things, there is no denying that “the Curse of the Bambino” tormented the Boston Red Sox for decades.
After selling Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees in January 1920, the Red Sox didn’t win a World Series until 2004.
There were 86 years between that moment and their most recent World Series win, which came in 1918 whe Ruth was mainly a pitcher.
On this day, but 18 years ago, the Red Sox broke the curse in spectacular fashion.
“Today in 2004: The Boston Red Sox broke the curse. In a sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals, the Red Sox won their first World Series since 1918, an 86-year drought. Manny Ramirez batted .412 (7 for 17) and was named Boston’s first World Series MVP,” Baseball Reference tweeted.
Today in 2004: The Boston Red Sox broke the curse.
In a sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals, the Red Sox won their first World Series since 1918, an 86-year drought.
Manny Ramirez batted .412 (7 for 17) and was named Boston's first World Series MVP. pic.twitter.com/jEFltDnhrV
— Baseball Reference (@baseball_ref) October 27, 2022
An Incredible Way To End A Decades-Long World Series Drought
Those were wonderful days to be a Red Sox fan.
They found themselves down 3-0 in the American League Championship Series against the New York Yankees, and became the first team in American professional sports to overcome such a deficit.
Those were the days in which the legend of “Big Papi” was born, as David Ortiz and Ramirez tormented opposing pitchers during the whole playoffs.
With the four wins against the Yanks and the four against the Cardinals, the Red Sox won eight straight on their way to the title.
It was a magical season to end the curse once and for all.
To this day, Red Sox fans still mock the Yankees about that series and that season, and how could they not?
It was perhaps the most impressive showing of will power and determination baseball has ever seen.