It got to the bottom of the eighth inning and it was clear that it all was over, the series, The Curse and all that fathers passed on to their children for generations. I reminded New Englander Jim Bowden, working the series for ESPN, of the New Haven tap owner who after the Yankees playoff game told The Boston Globe's Leigh Montville, "the [expletives] got my father, and now they're coming to get me." Bowden laughed, but he's a New Englander, and it was a cautious laugh.
It's been exactly five years and another world championship since Keith Foulke stabbed the final out and threw to Doug Mientkiewicz on Oct., 27, 2004, and much has changed. But it's a day that Boston fans will never forget.