World Series Champs 2007!
In case you missed it, the Red Sox swept the Rockies on their way to their second world championship in four years.
Strange sounding, isn't it?
It was a great season, an amazing post-season, and a gratifying, all-hands-involved series. Guys who had been disappointing all season stepped up and played like October was a different universe. Lugo, Drew, even Kielty all played with renewed purpose, and supported the youngest members of the team who were the stars of the post-season.
I don't think there's anyone in this town who would say that this year could match the energy that exploded onto the streets after they won in 2004. The excitement was real as Papelbon threw that last pitch, but let's just say I didn't spend the next hour hugging, high-fiving and crying while on the phone.
That's not to say it was a let down in any way. This was a completely new feeling. It was an enjoyable feeling. It was all the excitement and gratification of a World Series victory without the years of pressure and anguish simultaneously rupturing out of your body. There's no comparison between 2004 and 2007, but I'm happy about this new era because the weight off of each moment has been lifted.
If that means that the Red Sox are now just another winning baseball team, then so be it. Sure, it changes a Red Sox fan's identity completely, but you know what? I'll gladly make the trade.
Oh... and of course, Wins Needed for Free Couch: 0, Baby!
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