When the Red Sox clinched the 2018 World Series last Sunday night, the first emotion was one of intense relief – relief that this wonderfully dynamic and exciting team actually managed to run the table and win an all-too-elusive championship.
As I discussed the next morning with my partner and fellow baseball fanatic, Rich Jones, it is extremely common for great baseball teams to stumble before crossing the finish line. The Boston Red Sox teams of 1975 and 1986, for example, had similarly talented teams that enjoyed similarly jubilant seasons, only to come up oh-so-short in the seventh game of each World Series. Quadruple that comment for the 1967 Red Sox: The "Impossible Dream" team kept the Dream alive until the last out of the seventh game of the World Series. So close and yet so painfully far. The gods of baseball are indeed fickle.