Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Karen Bartlet Column

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Karen Bartlet Column

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Byline: By Karen Bartlet

It was perfect. A lunar eclipse at the end of a cosmic curse. Mr Avadanian had been waiting his whole life ( all 85 years ( to see his team win.

"When I jumped out of a plane in Normandy with the 82nd Airborne, one of the last things I said before I jumped out of the door was `I wonder what the Red Sox are doing?' and a wise guy from New York said `They probably lost as usual'.

A familiar feeling in the North-East of England too. But last week the Boston Red Sox won, claiming their first baseball world series title since 1918 and ending at last The Curse of the Bambino.

The bottom of the seventh. The top of the eighth.

Without grasping the arcane rules of this glorified game of rounders you might extend congratulations to fellow long-suffering sports fans, but ask ( so what?

According to a flood of emails clogging up my inbox, it does matter. A lot.

The Curse of the Bambino was born when the Red Sox sold their greatest hitter, Babe Ruth, to arch rivals the New York Yankees back in 1920.

Until then they had been a winning team.

Since the sale, and despite every near-miss known to man, they went on to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory for seven decades, and never won again. Until now.

As Americans go to the polls today, political and sporting anoraks around the world have been poring over baseball statistics to see if this win is an omen of good luck for John Kerry.

According to the experts, the Red Sox beating the Yankees in the equivalent of the semi finals is the real key to the theory.

The Yankees have made it seven times to the finals in an election year.

When they lose, the democrats win (1960, 1964, 1976).

When the Yankees win, so do the Republicans. Apart from Bill Clinton who, according to the number crunchers, was an exception to the rule.

Whatever. This Red October, as the locals are now calling it, has been sweet for one Boston native in particular. …

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