Jason and Julie will live to see another win...someday.
Jason comes from good tough Red Sox stock, and on his first visit to Fenway at age two sat through most of a 14-inning marathon. But rather than joining the 25,000 or so folks who left after the bottom of the eighth and gave the ballpark a Butch Hobson-era feel, he stayed until the end and even donned a rally cap for the 1-2-3 Red Sox ninth.
I got him a beautiful Dwight Evans card (complete with a piece of a real Dewey bat) as a reward, and the smile on his face helped soften the angst of the day a bit.
Saul Wisnia lives less than seven miles from Fenway Park and works 300 yards from Yawkey Way as Publications Editor for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. His latest book, Fenway Park: The Centennial, is available at amazon.com and his Red Sox reflections can be found at http://saulwisnia.blogspot.com/. If you have memories of the 2004 season to share with Saul for his next book, Miracle at Fenway, contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or @saulwizz.