You know, every year all we hear is about the "Curse Of The Bambino" and how sad the history of the Red Sox is. HBO even had a documentary about their "long suffering fans".
To be frank, to hell with the Red Sox. For a team that hasn't won anything in 86 years...they sure do get a lot of TV pub. I mean, you can't watch Baseball Tonight without a Pete Gammons take about Pedro and the Bunch. And they get almost as many games as the Yankees on national TV.
But why should I, a non-Red Sox fan, give a damn about that?
What about the Chicago White Sox? Those Pale Hose have won TWO World Series in their history [Boston has won 5] with their last title the year BEFORE the Red Sox last title. So, they've suffered a year longer. And those White Sox have been in ONE World Series since 1919.....the year they THREW the World Series to the Reds. No one talks about that curse. Their last World Series appearance was back in 1959. That means a 44 year old man has never seen the ChiSox in the World Series. Granted, you don't see memorable ChiSox hearbreaks like Bucky, Buckner and Boone....but they did have Disco Night.
Oh, and we know about the Cubs. They haven't won a World Series since 1908. They haven't even BEEN to the WS since 1945. But, ask Steve Bartman if those fans are bitter. This team, though, hasn't had consecutive winning seasons since the early 70s.
What about some teams you don't normally think about when it comes to heartbreak and misery?
How about the Atlanta Braves? Unlike the Red Sox, these Braves have won 13 straight division titles. THIRTEEN straight playoff appearances.....and 1 World Series title to show for it. In fact, THREE times have they seen the team that finished behind them get to the Series ahead of them [Marlins '97 and '03, Mets '00]. Hell, the Florida Marlins....who played their first game in franchise history the season the Braves won their 3rd straight division title....have won TWO World Series rings. Then, they watch the Arizona Diamondbacks in their 4th season win a title.
How about the Cleveland Indians? They haven't won a World Series since 1948, and since then were the punchline of theMLB. And, you want heartbreak.....how about blowing a 9th inning lead in GAME 7 OF THE WORLD SERIES!!!!!! That happened in 1997.
How about the Philadelphia Phillies? In 120 years of Phillie baseball...they have one World Series ring. One. And, just like the Red Sox, they blew a Game 6 that they had won. RememberJoe Carter?
How about the Houston Astros? They've been around since 1962 and have never won a playoff series. Ever. Oh, and neither has the Texas Rangers...and they became a franchise in 1961. So, 74 seasons of Texas baseball and they have ZERO playoff series wins. In fact, the Astros have lost 19 of their 25 playoff games. The Rangers have lost 9 of 10 playoff games in franchise history. A robust 7-28.
What about the Milwaukee Brewers? They've had 12 straight losing seasons.
What about the San Francisco Giants? They've had Barry Bonds and Willie Mays. And the Giants haven't won a title since moving to the West Coast. Pssst....they also had the heartbreak of relinquishing a lead late in the WS winning game.
What about the Montreal Expos? They've only had Randy Johnson, Larry Walker, Pedro Martinez, Vlad Guerrero, Gary Carter, Andres Galaragga and Andre Dawson. And the season they held the best record in the majors, the strike ended the season.
So while the media believes the Red Sox to be the "loser darlings" every year....find a little space in your heart for some of the other teams who have had travesty filled moments in their histories.