Not Tasting the Champagne
The Boston Red Sox is one of the great franchises
in baseball. The team had tremendous success in
the first 20 years of the 20th century, but, quite
literally, were unable to 'pop the champagne'
between 1918, which was the last time that they
won the World Series, and 2004.
This bottle of champagne was in the Red Sox locker
room during Game 6 of the 1986 World Series, waiting
to be used to celebrate the end of 68 years of
frustrating futility in the World Series. The
Red Sox had lost three World Series contests (1946,
1967 and 1975) in Game 7.
For the Red Sox in 1986, one strike away from
victory was one strike too many as the Mets rallied,
taking Game 6 and Game 7. It took another 18 years
for a bottle of champagne to finally be opened,
as the Red Sox of 2004 finally won it all.