Being a Boston Sports fan, I’ve had a number of Championship victories that have felt particulary sweet, Super Bowls XLIX and LI come to mind, given their context. But, personally, there’s always been one that stuck out to me and New Englanders alike. The 2013 World Series.
Many New Englanders remember where they were that day. April 15, 2013. The Boston Marathon was running in its 116th annual race, and it was a flawless day. Yet hours after the event started, several explosives detonated near the finish line, killing 3 and injuring over 200. Boston was almost immediately put on lockdown, along with the surrounding cmmunities, in an attempt to find the ones who committed this heinous act.
And they were found. Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev were found by police, and Dzhokhar found himself arrested and in federal prison while Tamerlan was killed by police in a shootout with police. Boston rejoiced. It was over.
Several Days after everything died down, Red Sox DH and icon David Ortiz delivred his speech where he said “This is our f—ing city” and was met with the roar of tens of thousands of Red Sox fans at a packed Fenway Park.
The following clip is uncensored and does contain language that is NSFW
Fast forward to October 23, 2013. The Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals both were coming of 97-65 regular seasons, and 4-2 wins in their respective championship series against the Detroit Tigers and Los Angeles Dodgers, to face each other in the World Series. The Red Sox had beaten the Cardinals 9 years earlier to break the 86-year “Curse of the Bambino” in a 4-0 sweep of the Cardinals. On October 30, 2013, 4 years ago to the day, the Red Sox beat the Cardinals in Game 6 of the World Series to win it 4-2, and sent a simple message to the rest of the world.
You can’t break Boston.