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Red Sox fans continue to remember a broken curse

A detail of a Boston Red Sox hat in the dugout during the first inning of a game against the San Francisco Giants at Fenway Park on July 19, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts.
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Even if you don’t believe such things, there’s no denying that “The Curse of the Bambino” haunted the Boston Red Sox for decades.

After selling Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees in January 1920, the Red Sox didn’t win a World Series until 2004.

Eighty-six years passed between then and his most recent World Series victory, which came in 1918, when Ruth was primarily a pitcher.

On this day, but 18 years ago, the Red Sox broke the curse in spectacular fashion.

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“Today in 2004: The Boston Red Sox broke the curse. In a sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals, the Red Sox won their first World Series since 1918, an 86-year drought. Manny Ramirez hit .412 (7-for-17) and was named Boston’s first World Series MVP,” tweeted Baseball Reference.

An incredible way to end a decades-long World Series drought

Those were wonderful days to be a Red Sox fan.

They found themselves down 3-0 in the American League Championship Series against the New York Yankees and became the first team in American professional sports to overcome such a deficit.

Those were the days when the legend of “Big Papi” was born, as David Ortiz and Ramírez tormented opposing pitchers throughout the postseason.

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With the four wins against the Yanks and the four against the Cardinals, the Red Sox have won eight in a row en route to the title.

It was a magical season to end the curse once and for all.

To this day, Red Sox fans still make fun of the Yankees about that series and that season, and how could they not?

It was perhaps the most impressive display of willpower and determination baseball has ever seen.


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