I should have known that the ALDS wasn't in the cards for the Sox... (SawxBlog Photo)
Right before the playoffs began a small miracle of sorts occurred. I actually won the opportunity to buy Red Sox Playoff tickets for the ALCS. I've been trying to legitimately do this every year the Sox have been in the playoffs for what's now going on the better part of a decade, and I was beginning to believe these things just didn't happen to real people, and it was just some twisted type of folklore that Red Sox fans passed down to each other, kind of like our version of the Keyser Söze story. It's always somebody's buddy, or a friend of a friend who wins, but it's never actually someone you know. Turns up after all these years the devil actually does exist, as finally the stars aligned, and my chance had arrived.
I still had to actually get the tickets, and after an hour of watching multiple tabs refresh in "Waiting Room Hell" I was about to abandon all hope. Then it happened, I finally got in - purchased my two overpriced $75.00 bleacher tickets, and immediately called my fiancée to let her know we'd most likely be seeing the Sox and Yankees square off in the ALCS for the first time since 2004.
We all know the rest of the story now, Red Sox choked and the Yankees swept in their respective ALDS games as I slip into a brief baseball coma. The real kicker to all of this is that I literally got my ALCS tickets on that Sunday Bloody Sunday. They obviously came on Saturday, just didn't check until Sunday, go figure - but seemed about right. I'm saving the tickets though as a memento and reminder of how weird 2009 has been, it seemed to be a fitting way for the season to end for me, still - I should be at Fenway Park tonight. Looks like it'll be the Yanks vs. Phillies now, hope the repeat happens.