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Friday, October 22, 2004
So how have I followed this past ALCS on the Internet?

I have been enjoying the writing and links on The Joy of Sox, a BLOG by Allan Wood, who wrote a book about the 1918 World Series, which was the last World Series that the Red Sox won.

Replacement Level Yankees Weblog, by Larry Mahnken, provided a lot of sane analysis. He kept a very civil tone of discourse, and explained what the Game 7 loss meant to him.

I also have enjoyed the enthusiastic writing of ESPN's Bill Simmons (the Page 2 column). His column on Game 7 is a marvelous treatment from an old-time Red Sox fan.

Mike and the Mad Dog on WFAN, a New York City radio sports show, gave a great introduction in their first show after Game 7. It's an audio clip. Search their archives for "Oct .21-Mike & Dog open the show after the Yankees complete their collapse in Game 7 of the ALCS."

I'm a stammering idiot compared to the writers and announcers above. But I try. In addition to this BLOG, I spout off my missives and non-sequiturs on alt.sports.baseball.bos-redsox, a USENET newsgroup. And for real time action, find me on #baseball_primer, an IRC chat room. During the game, I'm online, firing the one liners as fast as I can type. My handle is easy: rickumali.

Go Red Sox!

The St. Louis Cardinals have defeated the Houston Astros in Game 7 to win the National League Championship Series. They will face (deep breath) the Boston Red Sox in the World Series, starting Saturday.

Thursday, October 21, 2004
The Red Sox are in the World Series!

With a decisive 10-3 win (although don't ask me to relive the game; that inning by Pedro took years off my life), the Sox pushed past the New York Yankees to the 2004 World Series.

Last year, I was officially baptized into the cursed and wailing fandom that is Red Sox Nation. Last year was pure heart ache and sorrow.

This year is the total polar opposite. Joy. Elation. Relief.

The Red Sox have done what no baseball team has done: come back from a 3-0 hole to force and win a best of seven series.

And now we're in the World Series!

Wednesday, October 20, 2004
Why not us? Tonight, the Red Sox beat the Yankees in Game 6, 4-2. The Red Sox have forced a series deciding Game 7. This is without precedent.

Tonight's game had everything: homers, overturned calls, cops in riot gear, and a mesmerizing performance by Curt Schilling, the hobbled ace of the Sox pitching staff. Game 7 is tomorrow. Or, more accurately, later today.

It all comes down to one more game.

Tuesday, October 19, 2004
The Sox are killing me. They're exhausting my spectator reserves. They're taking me (and all of Red Sox Nation) to the brink. And I'm following them. Good God, I'm following them. Game Five last night was epic. Monstrous. Outlandish. Red Sox 5, Yankees 4. Sox win. Sox win! Papi has etched himself a place in Sox lore. Manny had better step up. Damon too. But we're at the brink again. Good God.

The Red Sox won another thrilling game at Fenway. The series is now going to a sixth game, the Yankees having won three, but the Sox having won the last two. Thrilling baseball!

Monday, October 18, 2004
I just got back from my trip to Virginia. And I'm excited about Game 5. Being away from Boston and watching the Game 3 loss was demoralizing! Last night, at 1AM, with the score still tied, knowing I had a busy morning with a flight to catch, I gave up on the game. I was upset and frustrated. This morning, hearing the result, it hit me like a burst of adrenaline. We're down 3-1, but I'm feeling good. Pedro, don't let me down!