After Game 7 of the 2003 American League championship series between the Red Sox and Yankees, I walked out of Yankee Stadium with a colleague. Just 48 hours earlier it had seemed very possible that the Red Sox and Cubs would meet in the World Series. Instead, we were getting the Yankees versus the Marlins.
"Damn," I said. "I was really looking forward to a Cubs-Red Sox World Series."
"No, we didn't want that," he said. "Because right now we have one group of totally obnoxious ...
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