“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us…” The excerpt that I just shared with you is from the famous novel “A Tale of Two Cities” by Charles Dickens written in 1859. One hundred and fifty years later, these words jump off the page carrying the same power they did so long ago, but in a comparison that may not be as obvious to some; Honoring the 2004 World Series Boston Red Sox during what has best one of the worst teams in the franchise’s history since WWII, according to Ron Chimelis.
Tuesday night’s celebration of the infamous bunch that was the 04’ Sox was yet another example of the brain trust milking the utter for every last drop in this 100th anniversary season long celebration of the team’s existence. Seeing the likes of Kevin Millar, Trot Nixon, Pedro Martinez and many others is always a pleasure for Red Sox Nation. It’s impossible to have a conversation about this bunch without thinking about the precious and vivid memories that they instilled into so many diehard fans hearts and brains in their time while wearing a Red Sox uniform however, doing so in a season that has been filled with more negatives than a value pack of batteries is bittersweet. A part of me understands that with this being the 100th anniversary season it is only right to pay homage to the best moments in the teams storied past with the 2004 World Series taking the cake as the biggest of all. Watching this happen during what should be a battle between two rivals jockeying for playoff position but is instead an exhibition for a team that is now in somewhat of a rebuilding mode made the celebration seem more like a funeral. The talented but not extremely flashy 2004 team is one that I hope the likes of Jose Iglesias, Will Middlebrooks and many other young Red Sox who resided in the dugout last night will use as role models to emulate from 2013 on. The current roster is one that may be filled with a lot of youthful talent, but seems to lack the passion and hunger that is necessary to bring another hallowed trophy back to a city that is always yearning for one. In April this team seemed destined for at least 85-90 wins and a playoff appearance for the first time since 2008. After many trials and tribulations as well as roster moves of massive proportions, it seems like the glory days are a thing of the past as Red Sox Nation prepares for that “winter of despair” that Dickens once spoke of when writing his famous novel over a century ago.
About the Author
Written by Jefferson Mills
I am a 22 year old aspiring sports journalist. I graduated from Hofstra University with a BA in Broadcast Journalism and was born and raised in Norwood, MA, twenty minutes south of the great city of Boston. Sports consume my life in every which way as I have been an athlete since the age of 8 playing organized football, baseball and basketball throughout high school and have been an avid die-hard Patriots, Bruins, Red Sox and Celtics fan. I Interned for the "Mecca of Sports Radio" WFAN 660 AM while in college and also interned for News 12 Long Island. Working as a member of the hardest working sports department in one of the most talented college radio stations 88.7 FM WRHU is the one thing I am most proud of when it comes to my work in the field. My passion and work ethic define who I am as a writer, person and friend which is why I hope to become successful in the sports Broadcasting spectrum in years to come.