How quickly things change…

A sampling of media reaction from earlier this week. Sure, no one could’ve predicted that the Red Sox would make the complete comeback from down 0-3, but some of this stuff needs to be preserved for posterity. This isn’t really intended to make these ones look bad, but as the title of this post says, it’s to show just how quickly and dramatically the whole situation turned around. The extreme swings in emotions and viewpoints in this series are worth remembering. Many of the fans were saying these same things, so again it’s not a slam on the writers. Most of them anyway. Thanks to Rich for helping put this together for me.
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Let the record show that, for the second straight season, the beginning of the end of the Red Sox season came on Oct. 16.

Sean McAdam 10/17
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So there. For the 86th consecutive autumn, the Red Sox are not going to win the World Series.

Dan Shaughnessy 10/17

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They are down, 3-0, after last night's 19-8 rout, and, in this sport, that is an official death sentence. Soon it will be over, and we will spend another dreary winter lamenting this and lamenting that.

The idea that the Red Sox accomplished anything good at all this season seems inconceivable. The only thing that resonates now is the idea that, once again, the Red Sox have been beaten by the Yankees, this time in an incredibly undignified manner.

Nothing good has come from this. Nothing. We all wanted the Yankees. What, dare I say it, idiots we all were.

Bob Ryan 10/17
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So now the Sox are down, 3-0, and it's over, and everyone knows it, even the resilient Boston players who have never said die all season, and aren't about to start now. Give them credit for that, because there isn't much else to praise them for.

You can hang your bruised and battered Boston cap on the fact this series would be different if Curt Schilling was healthy.

You'd be wrong.

How could anyone have underestimated a lineup that features Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Gary Sheffield, and Hideki Matsui all in a row?

Jackie MacMullan 10/17
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Johnny Damon may look like a prophet, but his words have proven false.

It is not, as he said, the Red Sox who are a bunch of idiots.

What they are is a bunch of chokes.

The idiots are all those fools who truly believed this would be the year the perennially disappointing Sox -- who haven't won a World Series since 1918, nor even a pennant since 1986 -- would finally beat the 26-time, world-champion Yankees, who now are on the brink of playing for a 27th title.

Only a bunch of idiots would continue to put their faith in this chronically overpaid and underachieving aggregation of ill-kempt characters, this wild-and-crazy bunch of hirsute fun lovers who gleefully pop open champagne bottles to celebrate finishing second for the seventh straight season.

Sure, they're loose. They're also losers.

Jim Donaldson 10/17
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Maybe Boston's smug club president Larry Lucchino will finally regret not going the extra dollar or two for A-Rod today (OK, it was more like $15 mil). And maybe we all overrated the Red Sox. They certainly looked a lot better from afar.

Jon Heyman NY Newsday 10/17
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The fates have aligned for one of the greatest collapses in the history of baseball.

But I'm certainly not talking about the Yankees.

For a town that has known only heartache for the past 86 years, tonight's Game 7 loss will probably hurt even more than a certain "E-3" from nearly two decades ago.

Joe Deemer Indiana Tribune 10/20/04
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As crazy as it sounds, Red Sox fans ought to feel more cursed than ever. Their grief has been prolonged for one more day, for a Game 5 in the ALCS that, despite its apparent lopsided nature, doesn't want to end. There are plenty of Sox fans who would have found peace in having been swept by a Yankee team that's clearly more focused, better managed and just plain superior. Aaron Boone's home run in Game 7 last October was a wicked stake through the heart. But this? This was torture sure and slow, like dull scissors slicing through the soul.

Lisa Olson NY Daily News 10/18
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All season, the Yankees let their play speak for themselves. The Red Sox talk turned out to be so much bigger than their walk.

Kevin Kernan – NY Post 10/17
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The victory gives the Yankees a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven series going into tonight's Game 4. No team in baseball has flushed such a bulge. That means the Yankees are a lock for their 40th flag, and their second straight World Series appearance.

George King NY Post 10/17
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Forget the cushion, it's time for the Yankees to play with desperation. If not, this Curse will be reversed and this Yankee team will be remembered as the Greatest Choke of all time.

Don't expect that to happen.

Kevin Kernan – NY Post 10/19

What I love about all this, is that never again will you see articles and quotes like the above…even if the Red Sox don’t win the World Series. Whenever a team goes down 0-3, the 2004 Red Sox will be brought up. Whenever the Red Sox and Yankees play, in addition to 1948, 1978, 1999 and 2003, the year 2004 will be prominently attached and will overshadow all those other dates. Kind of brings a tear to your eye, huh? The passing of an era…

In addition, great radio was to be heard this morning on Mike Barnicle’s radio show on 96.9 FM as Dan Shaughnessy asserted that the “curse” (his meal ticket) is still alive and well. After Shaughnessy was told that the “curse” is a Red Sox/Yankees thing that the Sox beating them ends it, Shaughnessy curtly said “I wrote the book, and I’m telling you it’s not over.”

Bill Simmons has no idea what to do with himself after last night’s events. Bob George says no one can take this miracle away from us. Thomas Boswell…with family ties to New England looks at the rejoicing of the area after last night.