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Boston, hold on to your Sox ... It's the Keller Curse

October 19, 2003|by MARK KELLER

Just as Kerry Wood accepted the blame for blowing the National League Championship Series for the Chicago Cubs, I will stand up and do the same for my part in the collapse of the Boston Red Sox in Game 7 of the American League Championship Series on Thursday.

I apologize to all the Red Sox fans out there who will have to listen to the continued "Curse of The Bambino" talk; who will have to suffer through another off-season of knowing the New York Yankees got over on you once again; who will repeatedly ask themselves, "What if?"

I'm sorry. I only meant it as a joke.

Everything was going Boston's way. The Sox had a 5-2 lead in the seventh inning. Like so many of those fans mentioned above, I was thinking to myself, "They might just do it this time."

Like all of those fans mentioned above, I dared not make such a statement aloud.

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My wife, Stacy, had just entered the living room and began watching with just a passing interest. As the eighth inning began, she announced she was going to bed.

My words to her, and I quote: "Don't you want to sit here with me and watch (the Red Sox) blow it?"

It was too late at that point. The words were already out there. I had done in the Red Sox this time.

Derek Jeter doubles to the wall. Ugh.

Bernie Williams singles up the middle. Sheesh.

Boston manager Grady Little visits the mound, but leaves Pedro Martinez in the game. Uh-oh.

Hideki Matsui hits a ground-rule double down off the hands of a Steve Bartman wannabe in the first-base stands. Doh!

Jorge Posada makes like Luis Gonzalez with a two-run flare over the infield to tie the game. Arrgghh!

Everyone knows the ending. Aaron Boone took some of Tim Wakefield's high heat deep to start the bottom of the 11th and the Yankees win the pennant, the Yankees win the pennant, the Yankees win the pennant.

Barf.

So again, Red Sox fans. I apologize. I feel your pain.

Then again, from a man who's seen the Washington Capitals blow one too many 3-1 series leads and the Miami Dolphins get out to one too many 9-1 starts, you should have seen this coming.

Hey, I can't be completely to blame for this.




Mark Keller is sports editor for The Herald-Mail. His column appears every Sunday. He can be reached at 301-733-5131, ext. 2332, or by e-mail at keller@herald-mail.com

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