I mentioned the Curse of the Bambino earlier.
Well, because of Johnny Pesky's brain cramp in the eighth inning of that 1946 World Series, the curse remained intact into the 2004 season.
When the Boston Red Sox were down 3-0 in the ALCS, it looked as though it would hold until at least 2005.
The ALCS of 2004 would mark the most epic collapse in baseball, and arguably sports history.
No one in baseball and basketball had ever lost a postseason series in which they held a 3-0 lead.
The New York Yankees would be the first.
Game 4 would see twelve innings, and would end with a two-run walk off home run by David Ortiz, keeping the hopes in Bean own alive.
Game 5 would see a recurrence of Big Papi's heroics when he stepped up to the dish in the 14th inning with two outs. 10 pitches into the at bat, Ortiz would single to center field bringing home Johnny Damon; another walk off hit.
With the series now within striking distance, the Red Sox were a different team. In Game 6, Boston would take a 4-0 lead in the fourth inning, and wouldn't look back, eventually winning 4-2 in nine innings. Controversy and tempers would begin to flare in this game when riot police would be forced onto the field in the eighth inning to maintain peace in the stadium.
Boston was the first team to take a World Series in which they trailed 3-0 to a seventh game, and with all the momentum in their favor, it's an easy guess what would happen next.
No heroics were necessary in Game 7, as an onslaught would be handed out by the Red Sox in lethal fashion. After nine innings, the Sox would win the final game by a score of 10-3, and would go on to win their first World Series in 86 years.
This epic, memorable Game 7 saw a home run by the series' hero David Ortiz, two home runs from Johnny Damon (one with the bases loaded) and a final one by Mark Bellhorn.
While the flame of the devastating run by the New York Yankees and their core of Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera and Jorge Posada (who won four World Series in five years under Joe Torre) had been dwindling in the few years prior to 2004, the most epic collapse in sports history would bring it to a not so sudden halt.
It would also change the attitude of the most decorated organization in the game for the years that followed, and renew a rivalry that, for many years, had the scales tipped to one side.