The Boston Red Sox made plenty of history when they won Game 5 and took home the World Series championship in Los Angeles Sunday night.
For one thing, they became the first team in World Series history to win a title in the same year of two different centuries, meaning you actually have to ask “Which ’18 World Series?” when referring to the one they won (Cincinnati, you’re on the clock for ’19).
And for another, the Red Sox became possibly the first team to dunk on its biggest rival so hard that even the power of the Internet meme is insufficient to describe the sickness of the burn.
After the New York Yankees won Game 2 of the American League Division Series at Fenway Park, Aaron Judge blared “New York, New York,” Frank Sinatra’s civic anthem for Gotham, in an effort to taunt the Red Sox.
Boston then won the next two games of the best-of-five series at Yankee Stadium to eliminate the Yankees in four.
And when the Sox brought home the one true prize, the one that renders the rest of the playoffs irrelevant as it becomes the only thing anyone remembers?
Well, they played “New York, New York” in the clubhouse.
Playing “New York, New York” in the clubhouse?
— Cut4 (@Cut4) October 29, 2018
Start spreadin’ the news.
Obligatory “Yankees Suck” chant. pic.twitter.com/ochZ4x5Ly4
— Patriots SBLIII ?? (@PatriotsSBLIII) October 29, 2018
That’s Red Sox fans — in Dodger Stadium — chanting “Yankees Suck” as a deadpan Joe Buck does a total no-sell on a great moment in Boston sports.
To say that Boston’s brutal winter will be a little less gloomy this year is a gross understatement.
MOOD until further notice. pic.twitter.com/N78sYiBt1o
— Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) October 29, 2018
And sure, the Yankees owned about 86 years’ worth of baseball history between the Sox winning that World Series in 1918 and Dave Roberts’ steal — the same Dave Roberts who managed the Dodgers against his old team — setting the table to reverse the Curse of the Bambino once and for all in 2004.
But there are kids in college in Boston who are too young to remember seeing with their own eyes any of that Curse stuff. There are adults graduating from college who aren’t old enough to remember when Tom Brady and the Patriots turned Boston from one of the most tortured fanbases in sports to a city of champions.
And those kids, and their parents, and everyone in between who grew up in Boston, are all singing the same refrain:
“They hate us ’cause they ain’t us.”
Go Sox. Do Damage. And I love that dirty water.
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