"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 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.” Bob Ryan, Globe Columnist, 10/17/04
“So there. For the 86th consecutive autumn, the Red Sox are not going to win the World Series.” Dan Shaughnessy, Globe Columnist, 10/17/04.