ENJOY 2004, SOX FANS -- WE'LL ENJOY THOSE OTHER 27By Matt Marrone
50 Greatest Yanks
All right, Red Sox Nation -- you can have your 2004. We Yankees fans, from the Bronx and beyond, won't begrudge you if you're still celebrating it, lo these seven years later.
For as long as the memory of your ALCS comeback warms your chilly New England hearts, we say revel in it. Live it up. Tell your kids and grandkids, your nephews and nieces. We don't mind.
Because we have every other year.
Sure, 2004 hurt. Even 2007 burned a bit. But you know what? I for one took great satisfaction in 1996. And 1998. And 1999. And 2000.
2009? That was pretty good too.
I wasn't here yet to see them, but I'm going to go out on a limb and say 1923, 1927-28, 1932, 1936-39, 1941, 1943, 1947, 1949-53, 1956, 1958, 1961-62 and 1977-78 weren't so bad, either.
Well, not so bad for us. I bet they stung wicked bad in Boston.
So yeah, feel free to set aside the Babe Ruths and the Harry Frazees, the Bucky Dents and the Aaron Boones, even if only for a precious moment. Your team vanquished the Bombers, once, and for that you should be proud.
No one can ever take 2004 away from you.
We'll just take everything else.
2004 CHANGED EVERYTHING -- BEFORE AND SINCEBy Mike Philbrick
ESPN Page 2
First off, why would any respectable member of Red Sox Nation pick anything besides 2004? We're talking about a story that didn't just take place four nights in October, but over the past 100 years. And it isn't even the glorious details of what happened that season that matter -- it's the legacy.
Think about this:
• Forget baseball -- in every playoff series in every sport, if a team is on the brink of elimination that graphic will appear: "The only teams to come back from a 3-0 deficit." You know you've made choking history when you set a mark that is used 12 months a year and can only be tied.
• All this went down in the 24/7 Internet-YouTube era. Go ahead and put "2004 ALCS" into Google. We'll see you in a couple of weeks when you get done reading and watching everything. True, so did the 2003 ALCS, but the Yanks did a choke dress rehearsal by blowing it against the Marlins. Well-played, Mystique and Aura.
• During the last game at the old Yankee Stadium, a day spilling over with Yankee pride, each player trotted out to highlights of his achievements in the House That Ruth Built. Watch it again when Johnny Damon takes the field. I think the clips they showed took place over the previous week. The rest of us remember the history he made there in '04 on Oct. 20 (Mickey Mantle's birthday, by the way).
The list can go on and on, but it all points to the same thing: Yes, on paper it's one year, but in reality it's infected everything that's happened before and since.