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July 02, 2004



The view from the < a href="http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/redsox/articles/2004/07/02/in_the_end_they_discover_yet_another_way_to_come_up_empty/">other side:

In the end, they discover yet another way to come up empty

By Dan Shaughnessy, Globe Columnist | July 2, 2004

NEW YORK -- It's true. The Red Sox really are put on this earth to torture and test the faith of their fans.

Just when you thought it couldn't get any more hideous, the Sox did it again last night. With a bad moon risin' over the Bronx, they blew a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the 13th when the Yankees had two outs and no one on base. Three straight hits by Ruben Sierra, Miguel Cairo, and ex-Sox John Flaherty made a loser of journeyman Curtis Leskanic.

It looked as if Terry Francona's Lost Boys might leave town with a desperately needed victory when Manny Ramirez hit his second homer of the night to give Boston a 4-3 lead in the top of the 13th . . . But no. These are the Red Sox. This is Boston vs. New York. You can chant "Yankees Suck" all you want. At the end of the day, New York answers with "1918" and the Yankees win in the clutch.

It truly was one of the best regular-season games in the century-old history of this lopsided rivalry -- a night when Derek Jeter saved the game, catching a two-out popup, then messing up his handsome face with a headfirst dive into the third row of box seats. It made for an interesting juxtaposition because in the other dugout, Nomar Garciaparra (Achilles') was unable to contribute, having told his manager before the game that he was too sore to play. The Sox used 17 players in all. Nomar and Doug Mirabelli were the only non-pitchers who did not play...

Jim Glass

If it makes you feel any better, Babe Ruth's daughter is now a Red Sox fan...

NY Post, 4/17/04:

Babe Ruth's daughter is now a Red Sox fan after years as a Yankee backer. And Julia Ruth Stevens, 86, said the "Curse of the Bambino" is way off base.

"I do not believe in the curse," Stevens told The Post yesterday in a telephone interview from her Arizona home.

"It's just a coincidence. Daddy would have never put a curse on his old team. He enjoyed his time playing for Boston too much."

Since the Sox sold Babe Ruth to the Yankees in 1920 for a mere $100,000, the Bombers have won 26 World Series titles compared to Boston's zero.

A longtime Bomber backer, Stevens switched allegiance to the Sox a few years ago out of pity ...


... and because she makes her summer home in New England.

"I pull for Boston now," she said. "For one thing, Daddy did start out with them. But even more because I think they're overdue after all these years of losing out to the Yankees. They've had such terrible luck for all these years."

But Stevens insisted her late dad isn't turning over in his grave because of her rooting interests.

"Daddy will always be a Yankee fan, but I think he'd understand me pulling for the Red Sox because it's good for baseball," she said.

Fondly recalling her dad, Stevens said the Sultan of Swat was in a league of his own both on and off the field.

"Not only was he the best baseball player, he was the best dad," she said.

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