BOSTON (CBS) – I promise, no more sports talk after today. At least, not until there’s something really worth talking about.
But at this moment of maximum Bostonian pleasure, just a few final points about what we just witnessed:
First off, in classic fuddy-duddy fashion, I doubt that anyone under 35 fully appreciates what it means to see the Sox win it all three times in the past decade.
Listen to Jon’s commentary:
If you’re 35, you were at least eight years old in 1986, old enough to like baseball and to comprehend what happened that year. Suffice to say, some of us older Sox fans thought it meant we would never win one.
But patience is a virtue, as our world champions demonstrated all year long, seeing nearly 26,000 pitches, easily the most in the league.
St. Louis phenom pitcher Michael Wacha had great stuff Wednesday night, but they made him throw 76 pitches in less than four innings, far too many to keep our hitters in check, especially the new Babe Ruth, Stephen Drew.
Consistency is a virtue as well, almost a kissin’ cousin of patience. And this Red Sox team was a model of consistency, leading the majors in series won if I’m not mistaken, and never suffering a prolonged losing streak.
In fact, if you agree with me that Game Three was given to the Cardinals on a blown umpire’s call, this could be the first recorded instance of a team winning a six-game World Series, 5 games to 2.
Excessive pride can be a vice, but in this case, it was clearly a virtue. Holdovers from last year’s team wanted to dispel the bad taste it left, and they did; others lived up to the standards they set.
For Sox fans, the team is our favorite vice.
So sweet to see it all come to a virtuous climax.
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