While heartland sports fans in Illinois and Indiana will have plenty to cheer about, the curse returns to Boston. The Red Sox will miss the playoffs for the first time in four years.
My beloved Yankees — with more talent than ever thanks to baseball’s best boss, George Steinbrenner — should breeze through the regular season to win the American League East. But Manager Joe Torre’s traditional playoff bungling from the bench likely will have them stumbling again in October, for the sixth year in a row.
I’ve always thought that, at some point, the events of 1997, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005 would start to outweigh the good stuff from 1996, 1998, 1999 and 2000.
In terms of rings, Joe is just four for ten – and oh’fer his last five.
I think what really is the killer here is how close they were in 2001, 2003 and 2004 – with the choke in 2004 being a huge anchor on Joe’s rep.
Funny, after the 2000 season, many were ready to put Torre in Cooperstown at that moment. I wonder if his final record is, say, 4 of for 12ish, would they be so quick – considering that the record probably should have been something like 6 or 7 for 12? Of course, then, what does that do to Bobby Cox? It’s all going to be very interesting when that day comes.
Hopefully a ring comes this year and makes it all moot.