At some point, we have to acknowledge the torrid streak the Boston Red Sox are on during the World Series.
Having swept their last two appearances in the Fall Classic (2004 and 2007), Wednesday night’s Game 1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals was the ninth consecutive World Series win for the Red Sox. Their last loss in a World Series game was when they were eliminated from the 1986 series by the New York Mets.
I was born the next year.
We all knew the Curse of the Bambino was lifted when the Red Sox beat the Cardinals in 2004, but who would’ve thought they wouldn’t lose a single World Series game ever again?
That’s been the case to this point, at least. In those nine games, the Sox have led at the end of 74 of 81 innings, according to ESPN Stats and Info. That’s a truly dominant stretch that will be on the line when they play the Cardinals in Game 2 on Thursday night.
If Boston can win Game 2, it would be a new record for the longest current winning streak in World Series games; Right now, they’re tied with the Cincinnati Reds at nine.
That’s not bad for a franchise that was snake-bitten in the Fall Classic for 86 years before this current streak began.