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October 21, 2004

World League

Congratulations to the Red Sox for winning the American League. The next step is to play and win the World Series now.

After the US baseball team did not make the qualification for the 2004 Olympics, playing the World Series is quite an achievement.

There is also this contest about being leader of the free world where an underdog may win this year. Let's take the Red Sox win as a good omen.

Posted by b on October 21, 2004 at 8:39 UTC | Permalink


I have been a Red Sox fan for over 50 years,
and if there's one thing I have learned it
is to deal with defeat, disappointment and downright psychological disaster. This victory of the Yankees is particularly sweet, but if Red Sox history is any guide it will only lead to disappointment in the finals.
On the other hand, a World Series between the Boston Red Sox and the Houston Astros reaching a conclusion at the same time as the Kerry-Bush battle could seem like an alignment of the stars and planets fit to
delight the adepts of both "biblical rapture" and progressives hoping for a political and paradigmatic realignment.
The possibilities, though limited, are all fraught with "moral significance" or "eschatological content":
1) Red Sox and Kerry both win; it's the millenium, the second coming, and rapture
all in one.
2) Red Sox win, Kerry loses; God gives a consolation prize to the godless liberals
3) Astros win; Kerry wins; the rapturists
get the consolation prize
4) Astros win; Bush wins; the triumph of faith over reason; the humbling of the Eastern establishment and the establishment
of athletic theocracy.
Of course it may be the Cardinals, rather than the Astros, in which case any Bostonian's memory returns with trepidation to memories of Enos Slaughter and Johnny Peskey (1946) or Bob Gibson and Lou Brock (1967). The latter match-up would enrich the baseball lore of an already historic rivalry, but this year an Astros-Red Sox World Series would transcend
mere baseball and enter in American mythology.

Posted by: Hannah K. O'Luthon | Oct 21 2004 10:03 utc | 1

Oops, make that "this victory OVER the Yankess" (Ingrained habits die hard!)

Posted by: Hannah K. O'Luthon | Oct 21 2004 10:04 utc | 2

Always great to see the Yankees go down. They are the Republican Party of baseball.

Posted by: chaelman | Oct 21 2004 13:36 utc | 3

B - the "World Series" actually comes from the name of a newspaper, "the world". No imperialism, or thinking that "North America rules" in that case...

Glad that the Red Sox won as well. I'm actually looking forward to a very symbolic sweep of the Astros by the Red Sox. As I read this morning, the psychological effect of having Red Sox fans, starting with Kerry himself, in a great mood, is a psychological phenomenon which can have real political effects (motivating the troops, following a winner, etc...)

Posted by: Jérôme | Oct 21 2004 13:45 utc | 4


A persistent myth is that the "World" in "World Series" came about because the New York World newspaper sponsored it. Baseball researcher Doug Pappas refutes that claim, demonstrating a linear progression from the phrase "World's Championship Series" (used to describe the 1903 series) to "World's Series" to "World Series". Furthermore, investigation of the New York World for the relevant years revealed no evidence of the supposed sponsorship. (For details, see Mr. Pappas's web page on the subject: Link

Posted by: b | Oct 21 2004 14:32 utc | 5

And Snopes seems to agree the New York World origin is BS.

Posted by: CluelessJoe | Oct 21 2004 15:17 utc | 6

Thanks guys. Out-smartassed!

Posted by: Jérôme | Oct 21 2004 15:19 utc | 7

I'm just so happy that the Cardinals took out the Astros. I spent all day dreading a Boston/Houston series, and all the metaphors that would engender.

It'll be a Red series, comrades.

Posted by: catlady | Oct 22 2004 6:05 utc | 8

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