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Red October

Filed in: sports, Thu, Oct 28 2004 15:45 PT

I have waited my entire life to say this:

Congratulations to the World Series Champion Boston Red Sox.

Ahh. That’s better. Now I don’t have to repeat Marty Nolan’s famous suffering Sox fan quote for the rest of my life: “The Red Sox killed my father. And now they’re coming after me.”

6 responses to “Red October”

  1. Hee-jae Choi says:

    It’s not a comment but a question. I have read so many times about “red October” in related to American baseball series. What does “red October” mean anyway and what special meaning does it have when related to American baseball? I hope I could get the answer soon. From South-Korea.

  2. Matt May says:

    Wow. Good question.

    Okay. The original Red October was the October Revolution of 1917, which resulted in the establishment of Communist Russia.

    The second Red October is The Hunt for Red October, a film starring Sean Connery as the commander of a rogue Soviet submarine.

    So, since the Red Sox are, well, red, and October is the month traditionally associated with the World Series… voilà, Red October. Hope this helps. 🙂

  3. Hee-jae Choi says:

    Thank you for your reply. One more question, though. The following is a quot from Time Magazine. In the usage following, “red” shoud mean something bad. Does it mean cruel? Could you paraphrase the sentence?
    “Since 1918, the last time Boston won a World Series, postseason has been the haunt of red October.”

  4. Hee-jae Choi says:

    Hee-Jae again. Is “red October” related only to Red Sox? If Red Sox had not won this time, it would not have been called as “red October”?

  5. Matt May says:

    First question: The Time article uses “the haunt of red October” as a play on “The Hunt for Red October”, the movie. Red doesn’t necessarily mean bad.

    Second question: Yes, it would probably only have been used for the Red Sox. (Or maybe the Cincinnati Reds, but that’s a different story. 🙂 )

  6. Hee-jae Choi says:

    Thank you so much.

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