In honor of Game Six of the World Series taking place tonight, it's time to discuss a historical event very near and dear to the hearts of those in Boston. In 2004, the Boston Red Sox won the world series and broke the Curse of the Bambino.
For those who don't know, the legend it involves Babe Ruth, 86 years of play off disappointment and a whole lot of superstition. In the offseason of 1919-1920, the Red Sox sold slugger Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees (which could be part of the rivalry between those two teams). Once Babe Ruth left the team, the Red Sox couldn't seem to win. They went from the winner of the first World Series and several playoff titles to a team that went title-less for decades. The Yankees, on the other hand, became one of the most successful teams in baseball.
Understandably, it was thought that Babe Ruth's departure had to do with the change, and that he is the "Bambino" in question. Fans tried different ways to break the curse, from painting street signs to say "Reverse the Curse" to purifying Fenway park.
Nothing worked until October, 2004 when the Red Sox took on the Cardinals...and won in a 4 game sweep. Eighty-six years later, the Curse of the Bambino was broken.
Makes you wonder if the Red Sox are afraid it'll take another 86 years for a title...