How do we know that the times have changed since 2004, when the Boston Red Sox won the World Series for the first time in 86 years? One sign is the way sports blogging has exploded, especially with the Red Sox. By my count, there are no fewer than 20 independent Red Sox blogs out there, and a good 10-12 of them update nearly every day. That's a lot of options, and it's something for which this Red Sox fan is faithful.
Without further ado, then, here are celebratory snippets from around the Web, and a thanks to everyone who has been reading here at Yahoo! this week. And yes, I just thanked you. After the emotional end to the 2004 series, it just seems like the right thing to say.
Lester, Sox bring another World Series trophy to Boston:
"After Jason Varitek jumped into Papelbon's arms when the final strike hit his mitt, I just had to kind of laugh. Remember the last time Varitek leaped into a pitcher's arms during the playoffs? It was 2004 and our then favorite closer, Keith Foulke. How times change, right?" (Over the Monster)
Feel it again: "And howzabout a little love for Terry Francona. I've happily lobbed hot coals at the guy's nuts for four seasons now, but I appreciate everything he's done to steer the ship and stick to the game plan. He's 8-0 in managing World Series games, has very likely seen DeMarlo Hale without pants and lived to tell about it, and will be leading your American League All-Stars in 2008 at Yankee Stadium. At this point, if news got out that he was secretly banging Jessica Biel would you be surprised? 'Cause I wouldn't." (Surviving Grady)
Of men and baseball, this game we play: "I would never claim that the Red Sox fly under the radar. That's a preposterous assumption and one you'll never hear me make. But I made the point a while back that if the Sox won this World Series, it would introduce the new guys to the world on a huge stage and their careers would begin in the brightest possible light. And we could say "Look at them! They're our rookies! We made them!" And we did. And we can." (Basegirl)
Can you believe it? "There is so much to process. So much to write about, so much to say and do over the next few days. Tonight, however, just the simple facts about this team that have been read out over the airwaves or otherwise come up in the wake of the World Series win will do." (Cursed to First)
Even the reanimated corpse of John Henry is smiling tonight: "There's a lot to say, about WORLD SERIES MVP MIKEY LOWELL, and the Jon Lester storybook ending, and the many years of my life I lost in the eighth inning, and the B train I took home, which was full of drunk college kids who alternated between chanting "Let's go Red Sox!" and "Ex-press to Ken-more!" so loudly that the train shook, but for now: Jonathan Papelbon strikes out Seth Smith to end the game, pick up a save and win the World Series. Could you have scripted it any better if you'd tried?" (Papel-Blog)
THEY DID IT!!!! "This team won the division. They swept the LDS. They came back after being down 3-1 in the LCS to win and they swept a white-hot Colorado team to win the World Series. There are no loopholes. There are no goats. There are only rookies and veterans and fans who never gave up hope even after finishing third in the division last year." (Red Sox Chick)
Head in the clouds: "A lot of times, I'll do a post, and the time of day will reflect when I started writing it, as opposed to when I finished. I always go to change it to the ending time, but if it's, say, 2:02 AM, I might change it to 2:04, in honor of 2004. Eventually I started changing them so anything close to an :04 was changed to exactly :04. At some point recently, I finished a post and it was six minutes after the hour or something, and I went to change it. But I thought, Wait. We have to win this year. So I made it say :07. Ever since then, if I had to change it, I'd change it to a time ending in 7 or :07. Now, in 2007, we have our 7th championship." (A Red Sox Fan From Pinstripe Territory)
BOSTON RED SOX: 2007 WORLD CHAMPIONS!!!! "It seems fitting that this season ends with a victory for Jon Lester and a World Series ring for JD Drew as well. For Lester, who triumphed over a far more trying opponent this past year, this has to have been a monumentally exhilirating experience capped with a moment of immeasurable joy. And for Drew, who battled public sentiment but also the stresses of caring for a sick child, this has to be redeeming." (Yanksfan vs. Soxfan)
Also of note: Soxaholix's World Series champion cartoon, Joy of Sox's front page newspaper roundup and Red Sox Stat's Guys media criticism of the awfulness that was Buck/McCarver last night. Because really, they were. Awful, that is.

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