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Merrimack Valley

October 29, 2007

Sox capture second championship in last four years

DENVER — An 11- or 12-year-old must wonder what the fuss, angst and tears are all about with their elders when it comes to their favorite professional baseball team.

Last night, the Red Sox beat the Colorado Rockies, 4-3, to sweep the World Series. Again.

What’s the big deal? Weren’t they the best team throughout 2007? Don’t they have the best pitcher and best clutch hitter in the game? Wasn’t this the plan?

Some day our children might understand the significance of what has happened this year and particularly this month with the Boston Red Sox.

After 86 years without champagne showers in late October, with the last 20 or so hanging over New England’s head like a dark cloud, the Red Sox have now been world champions twice in four years.

Of course, the success of the New England Patriots doesn’t help matters. Our children have no fear. Wins, honestly, especially big ones, are not that hard to come by.

This is a very big deal. For decades, statistics and individual awards have always come the way of the Red Sox. World Series championships have not.

Not only that, but the way they are doing it. They are doing it with precision and professionalism. The way the Red Sox manhandled the Angels and Rockies was impressive.

But the way they overcame a 3-1 deficit against the Indians in the ALCS was the telling story about this team this year. Unlike their fan base, they never panicked.

It helps when you have the best, like Josh Beckett and David Ortiz, out front and center.

Beckett not only saved this team in Cleveland by pummeling their ace C.C. Sabathia a second time, but he gave them a newfound confidence. He was 4-0 in October. Roger Clemens and Pedro Martinez did some great things, but not even close to that.

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