No Alex? No Nomar? No problem.
The other day I was talking with a coworker about how I always manage to get on the wrong end of a rivalry, or in other words, the only team that saw it as a rivalry. Dunedin High School versus Clearwater (basketball and football), UF versus FSU (the last fifteen years or so in football), Red Sox versus Yankees, Rays versus, well, I guess we don’t really have a rival there, but you see the pattern.
But you know what? Being raised in the Boston area and the Tampa Bay area has really worked out the last several years. Think about the Patriots (twice), the Bucs, the Lightning, and now the Red Sox. Three years or so, and five championships? Not a bad run, is it?
The Red Sox? Sure, they’ve got a big payroll. But hey, they’ve been trying to buy a championship for years (80 plus?) – they did it this year.
I’ll let others, more capable than me, talk about the significance. I’m just going to sit in front of the TV for a while and nurse my voice back to health.
After the game, the Sox manager was asked how he wanted this team to be remembered.