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Red Sox Shine on Field, DVD

21 Oct, 2004 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Wednesday night's 10-3 domination by the Boston Red Sox over the New York Yankees to capture a history-making fourth-straight victory and American League championship after being down three games and three outs from elimination Sunday did more than seriously threaten to quash the 86-year-old “Curse of the Bambino” going into next week's World Series.

The victory, with all of its significance and lore, didn't fail to capture the attention of this minor fan, including a desire to learn more about the Red Sox — on video.

For those who aren't familiar with its origin, the story of the “Curse of the Bambino” came to be when, a year after Boston's last World Series win, on Sept. 11, 1918, owner Harry Frazee sold his pitcher Babe “Bambino” Ruth to the Yankees rather than acquiesce to the rising star's salary demands — reportedly greater than what was paid to U.S. President Warren Harding. Thereafter, of course, Ruth became a cultural icon, and the Yankees, with 26 World Series championships (zero for the Red Sox), 39 American League pennants (five for Boston) and 45 playoff appearances (11 for Boston), firmly entrenched as Boston's “Daddy.”

Check out the DVDs Still, We Believe: The Boston Red Sox Movie ($19.99), which chronicles the team's entire 2003 season and heartbreaking loss to New York during game seven of the ALCS, from Hart Sharp Video; Boston Red Sox: 100 Years of Baseball History ($26.98) from Repnet; and, for Yankee fans, Yankeeography Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 from Hart Sharp Video ($29.99 each).

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