No, Red Sox faithful, your team will not win the World Series
this year. All of you who boldly hope for a cure to the Bambino
Curse will not find it by trading Nomah, or getting all the players
as shaggy as Johnny Damon. The first Red Sox World Series win since
1918 will not come after riding the Wild Card into the play offs.
Taking the division lead isn’t going to happen either.
But don’t worry all you Boston fans. For those of you whose
first phrase as a baby was “maybe next year,” next year could
finally be here. That is if something happens on Nov. 2 to better
your chances in 2005.
Maybe you have heard of a man named John Kerry. He’s a fairly
tall man, graying hair, slim, with a chin that recalls an image of
Jay Leno. I think I heard somewhere he is a senator of sorts, and I
remember seeing him out and about the week of the Democratic
National Convention in Boston at, yes, a Boston Red Sox game. Live
on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball, millions of people were able to
watch the Democratic nominee for president answer some real
questions on some important issues that will in the end matter to
As a baseball fan and a member of the Democratic Party, I took a
vested interest in what the man who has been labeled the future
president had to say. Here it is, I thought, here is where I will
hear the answers to the questions that really matter.
Should there be a designated hitter in Major League
No, Kerry doesn’t think there should be.
Should Pete Rose be in the Hall of Fame?
No, Kerry doesn’t think so.
I agree on both accounts.
Of course these are not the only questions I want to ask of a
presidential nominee. There are more serious issues at stake.
There’s the War on Terrorism, and there are soldiers on the other
side of the globe who need our support. But baseball is America’s
favorite pastime. It is a game that is central to America, although
it is spreading to nations all over the world. It has been
connected to politics since its inception. Presidents have thrown
out first pitches, they have attended games, they have offered
predictions and, in the case of President Bush, they have even
owned a share of a team.
During maybe the most important week of his career, the week in
which he was named Democratic nominee, Kerry went to a baseball
During the most important week of his presidential career, Bush
authorized a war on Iraq based on weapons of mass destruction.
What does all of this have to do with the Boston Red Sox and
their quest to win a World Series and get rid of The Curse? It all
hinges on one man: Sen. John Kerry from Massachusetts.
With the presidential candidates running neck and neck in a race
that could have a photo finish, there’s an important issue on the
ballot: Do you want the Boston Red Sox to win a World Series? If
so, check that box for Kerry on Nov. 2, and don’t leave any hanging
chads. Sorry Cubs fans, maybe with Barack Obama in 2008.