The Boston Red Sox endured an 86-year championship drought. Ever since Babe Ruth was traded to the New York Yankees, the Sox were cursed. There were Bucky Dent, Bill Buckner and Aaron Boone, all of whom became infamous in the team's history.
Then came the 2004 American League Championship Series against the arch-nemesis Yankees.
Down 0-3 in the series, there was no reason to believe the Red Sox would win a single game. Then Curt Schilling stepped onto the mound, wearing his bloody sock. Pinch runner Dave Roberts stole second base, and somehow Boston eliminated the Yanks and swept the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series.
Reversing the curse. That is what it means to be a Red Sox.
In 2007, the Red Sox won it all again versus the Colorado Rockies. Some went their entire life without seeing the Sox win a World Series, and then it happened twice in four seasons. It's a story for the ages.
Since 1901, Boston has won seven World Series, while also enshrining 42 players and managers into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY.
Ted Williams became the most recent player to hit for an average over .400 in 1941, Cy Young captured the most victories for a pitcher with 511 and Carl Yastrzemski was the last player to bat for the triple crown in 1967.
It's not all about the records, however. There's something to be said for Fenway Park's baseball ambiance.
Fenway may be cramped and without all the modern amenities. But, at age 100, it is the oldest active ballpark in the Major Leagues. There's Pesky's Pole in right field and the Green Monster in left; it's a place of noble history and character.
The Red Sox and Fenway Park have been vital in making Boston a unique place in the sports world.