I remember being at my friend's house watching the Yankees crush the Red Sox in Game 3 of the ALCS, 19-8. The score looked eerily like the year the last time the Sox won the World Series, and I took it as a sign to settle again for "Next Year."
But my friend, who knows nearly nothing about baseball or the Red Sox looked at me and said, "It's ok, Pat. I just have a feeling. The Red Sox are going to beat the Yankees and then win the World Series this year."
Being the neurotic Red Sox fan I am, I screamed at her for a few minutes explaining that no team had ever come back from being down 0-3, let alone against the Yankees team playing unbelievable baseball.
Then "the steal" happened. Then Big Papi happened. Then the bloody sock happened. Next thing you know, the Red Sox were celebrating at Yankee stadium the greatest comeback in sports history.
In a way, the first three games of the World Series were anticlimactic compared to the ALCS. But as soon as Johnny Damon led off Game 4 with homerun, Red Sox fans started to since it was actually happening. Nine innings later, they erased a curse that stretched generations of fans.
Every other moment in my life will probably pale in comparison with that Red Sox magical run. The 20-teens will have plenty of great Boston sports moments too, starting with the Winter Classic at Fenway on New Year's Day.
But 10, 20, 30 years from now, Boston fans will still be talking about where they were when the Sox won in '04. That's why I'm putting my stamp on it as the moment of the Millenium (too soon?)