An email message promoted from my email archives to my blog on the last day the 2004 Red Sox were world champions (10/26/05).
Date: Tue, 12 Oct 2004 10:11:05 -0400
To: John [deleted]
From: "Erik J. Heels" [deleted]
Subject: Re: Cool List Digest Mon Oct 11 03:00:04 EDT 2004
I'm glad to see there are other Shaughnessy haters out there. Whenever we
see one of his columns or see him on TV, I tell my kids, "Ignore everything
he says." I turned on DS for good last year when he was critical of Pedro
for missing the team photo to go home to the Dominican Republic. Turns out
Pedro was visiting his mother, who was sick in the hospital -- and had the
team's blessing to leave early. DS, as usual, had no interest in the facts.
As soon as I stopped reading king-of-negativity Dan Shaughnessy, my
enjoyment of the Red Sox increased dramatically. After last year, I sold
all of my Shaughnessy books (all of which were gifts) as well.
At 10/11/04 03:00 AM, you wrote:
>From: John [deleted]
>Subject: cool - the Sox 'Curse' actually has hateful roots
>Date: Fri, 08 Oct 2004 19:04:34 +0000
>I thought that this article was fantastic. Admittedly, I am a biased Red
>Sox enthusiast and Dan Shaughnessy hater - and maybe this isn't 'cool'
>enough for the cool list.
>This is a long article, but very interesting. And it exposes the "Curse
>of the Bambino" as the hooey that it is - created circa 1990 by Dan
>Shaughnessy of the Globe. The more interesting thing about it is that the
>roots of the blame (that then Sox owner Harry Frazee sold Ruth to finance
>his broadway show "No No Nanette"), are actually lies brought forth to
>advance a vicious anti-Semitic agenda during the pre WWII days in
>baseball....and Frazee wasn't even Jewish!
>I am normally not one to buy into stuff like this - but it would seem like
>this guy really scrubbed the facts and did some real historical work here.
>Again - a long read - but a must read for any Sox fan. Now I will really
>throw up when they bring up the [deleted] curse 50 million times until we
>finally win it (this year).