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Sweep, Reprise

A month ago, only one team in Major League Baseball history had ever won seven consecutive post-season games: the 1976 Cincinnati Reds. This month, two teams achieved that feat: the out-of-nowhere Colorado Rockies (who won 21 of 22 games to clinch their first-ever National League pennant and a trip to the World Series), and now the 2007 World Champion Boston Red Sox.

The Red Sox played an awesome series! After falling behind the Cleveland Indians three games to one in the American League Championship series, they mounted a comeback reminiscent of their legendary 2004 comeback against the hated New York Yankees to win the pennant. They kept their momentum into the World Series: their pitching was superb, and their batting simply unreal. The team averaged .333 at the plate (even counting those two games in Colorado where there was no Designated Hitter and the pitchers had to bat). Not just one player, but the entire TEAM!

Congratulations to the Red Sox and to Terry Francona, who in just four years as the Red Sox manager has not only broken the "Curse of the Bambino" but delivered an encore as well. Given the organizational collapse now ongoing in the Bronx, it looks like there's a new dynasty in town!

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