On this day in 2003, Aaron Boone hit a walk off home run against Tim Wakefield in the ALCS.
It was a blast that ruined the Red Sox hopes and dreams and really made me think this team was really cursed:
On this date in 2003, Aaron Boone extended the Curse of the Bambino for one more year. pic.twitter.com/yATcbUGWVb
— ESPN (@espn) October 16, 2017
The Red Sox had won a pivotal game 6 to force a game 7, then in game 7 got themselves out to a 4-0 lead with Pedro Martinez on the hill. The Sox we’re heading to the World Series for the first time in my lifetime. But then it happened. Grady left Pedro in, the Yankees scored 3 in the 8th and won it in the 11th. It sucked, as soon as Boone swung, I shut the TV off and went to my room.
But as much as 2003 sucked, 2004 was equally as sweet. One of the greatest weeks of my sports life. Seeing the Sox go down 3-0, we still had hope, this team wasn’t going down without a fight. And each of the subsequent games was amazing. Filled with comeback wins, extra inning wins, and Big Papi walkoffs. Game 7 was the Sox game without a doubt. After a Monster first inning, the Sox were going to the World Series.
The World Series itself was a 4 game sweep. The Red Sox finally did it. For me, it made 2003 go away, for others older, it made everything else go away as well. That 2004 ALCS was spectacular and I don’t know if we will ever see anything like it again. The Sox/Yankees series isn’t quite what it used to be, but maybe one day, it’ll restore.