Thursday, October 28, 2004

The Red Sox, the Curse, a Total Eclipse, and the Kingston Trio

Judy and I are baseball fans. We watch the Houston Astros on TV or listen to them on radio just about every evening during the summer, and we enjoyed their run toward the play-offs this year. While we were sorry to see them miss out on the World Series (and they certainly had their chances in the play-off games with the Cardinals), we at least had the fun of seeing them get past the first play-off round for the first time in their history.

I've always been a National League kind of a guy, and ordinarily I'd have been rooting for the Cards in the World Series. But not this time. Here's why not: I'm a big fan of the Kingston Trio (see my homepage for more on that topic). On October 17th, the Kingston Trio sang "The Star Spangled Banner" before the play-off game between the Red Sox and the New York Yankers. At that point, thanks to the magic of the KT, the Curse of the Bambino was lifted, and the Red Sox went on their unprecedented winning streak of eight games in a row, thereby becoming (as far as I know) the first team ever to win a World Series on the night of a total eclipse of the moon.


Ivan G. said...

I'm like you, Bill -- National League fan all the way. But since I didn't have a dog in this fight (I believe your Astros handily dispatched my team, the Atlanta Braves--or as I refer to them, "the Democratic Party of baseball (because they disappoint me every time)")--I was rooting for the BoSox just to see this silly curse thing disappear for good. Congrats to every Boston fan out there; after seeing your team beat the hated Yankees like a red-headed stepchild, you deserved a big win.

Vince said...

As a Red Sox fan, I'm obviously thrilled with how the Series turned out. But as a baseball fan, I wish the Astros had been in it instead of the Cardinals. Houston would have taken it to at least six games.

Bill said...

As Jake Barnes might have said, it's certainly pretty to think so.