Sunday, October 17, 2004

Curse of the Cowsills

As you are all well-aware, the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox are currently battling each other in the ALCS for the right to represent the American League in the World Series. This whole series has shown such a contrast between the way these two teams and cities carry themselves. Last evening's pregame ceremonies were a prime example of why the Red Sox will never match the legacy and prestige of the New York Yankees.

Yesterday was the first game of the series that was held in Boston. BoSox executive vice president, Charles Steinberg, dredged the Cowsills out of the morgue to sing the national anthem before Game 3. You may remember the Cowsills from such classics as "Hair." In fact, the last note of the anthem was no sooner out of Bob Cowsill's mouth than the PA system began playing that ridiculous anthem to poor grooming. It was a low-class and absurd exhibition.

Still, low class and absurd fits the Boston Red Sox this year. They have whined, talked trash and hit batsmen all througout the season. But more in keeping with the hippy Cowsills, the Sox have apparently all lost their scissors and razors. This is the most ragtag bunch of ballplayers I have ever seen. They stand in stark contrast to this year's edition of the Yankees. No scruffiness allowed in Steinbreiner's dugout.

(AP Photo)

By the way, the Cowsills and their tribute to shagginess inspired the Sox all the way to a 19-8 beat-down. The Sox now trail 3-0 in the series. No baseball team has ever overcome a 3-0 deficit to win a series.