September 2, 2013 - 11:29 am
My Red Sox - Yankees Memories
In 1939, the Red Sox swept a five-game series in Yankee Stadium. That was the good news. The bad news was the Sox were 11.5 games out when the series began.
When the Sox won the pennant in 1946, the Yankees finished 17 games back. Given the state of the Red Sox-Yankee rivalry , it is hard to conceive of the level of euphoria of today’s Red Sox fans with a seventeen game lead over the New York Yankees. (But nine isn't bad.)
In 1949, the Sox went into Yankee Stadium needing to win one of the final two games onf the season to win the pennant. They lost both. For the next two years, I was a Boston Braves fan.
In 1966, the Red Sox finished in ninth place. The good news was that it was half a game ahead of the Yankees, who finished last. It was very hard for Red Sox and Yankees fans to believe. It still is.
In 1979, Yaz got his 3000th hit in a night game at Fenway against the Yankees.
The Sox comeback from a three game deficit to win the 2004 ALCS over the Yankees remains as the greatest sports event of my life. Second is the 2001 Super Bowl win by the Patriots. Third is the 2004 Sox World Series championship. They blur after that.
All of my Red Sox memories - good and bad - are in my new book It's Tough to be a Red Sox Fan - A Seven-Decade Odyssey
. Please visit www.toughtobearedsoxfan.com
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