Strange – Yet True – and Unbelievable Sports Tales – Part 1

On this site I have written strange- yet true tales about ghosts, both seen and unseen. Also, I have explored the possibility of time travel, and thoughts of the unbelievable. So far, I have not truly delved deeply into the origin of voices from beyond.

I wrote one story which tells of someone receiving a word of knowledge.

The truth is the story is the basis of what happened to me on the evening of October 20, 2004.

To begin with I am very passionate about a lot of things…but, losing and winning is at the top of my list of what raises my blood pressure. As fate would have it for some insane reason I root for the underdog. In most cases this leads to my downfall.

As for the 2004 on the evening of October 20, the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox were playing the seventh and deciding game of the American League Championship Series.

Let me be very clear I am not a fan of either team, but I was well aware of how the Red Sox after losing the first three games of the ALCS clawed their way back to tie the series. I also knew how many times the Sox came close only to lose in the final game of some World Series. In fact, until 2004 they had not won a World Series since 1918.

Of course, the Sox and the Yanks were only playing in the ALCS and not the World Series. However, seeing how hard the Sox had to fight to tie up the series you would think fate was on their side – and who knows that night by my way of thinking if they won that final game maybe they could go all the way and become that year’s World Series Champs.

Then again, I thought maybe fate had other plans. Painfully enough to consider is the idea maybe the Sox were about to learn yet another lesson of how to lose the big one and break a lot of people’s hearts unnecessarily. Frankly, what would have been worse to lose in four games, or lose the seventh game?

In the first inning of the game, the Sox looked like they were about score big. Then tragedy struck.   On a single Johnny Damon was cut down at home.

I was angry. I shut off the TV, and stormed out of the house. How would I know what would happened next?

No sooner was I outside I began raising my voice to heaven. I was steaming mad. I also began to beg, pleading that Johnny Damon wouldn’t become the goat of the game. Not a lot of time passed before I started to rant and rave. I cried out, “It’s not fair.  The Sox haven’t won a World Series in eighty-six years.”

Then I said the craziest thing. I said, “Just ask Mickey Mantle if he thinks it’s fair.” Before I could say “what am I saying” in my mind’s eye I saw a youthful Mick.” He was smiling. Two great big dimples rose up upon his cheeks. His eyes sparkling as he was a young once more.

The Mick then gazed further up to heaven. Less than a moment later these words  began echoing from above, “The Red Sox will win this year’s World Series.”

I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. Then the voice continued in saying, “As a confirmation of what I say consider what these three numbers have in common with the Red Sox…18, 86, and 104.”

I then returned to my house just in time to see Johnny Damon at bat at home plate. He hit the next pitch, lifting the ball into the right field stands at Yankee Stadium for a grand slam.   I knew the Red Sox  were going to win that night from that moment on. As for the Red Sox winning that year’s World Series they did. So, my confirmation held true.

The next day after the Red Sox victory in the ALCS  I tried to contact anyone who would listen. I wrote to the Boston Globe, sent a email to a sports radio show in New York. I even put a post on a popular radio show’s fan page. Everyone had to know what I knew that the  Sox were going to win the World Series. Of course no one really cared about I what had to say and why should they. The Writers, and Radio Sports talk hosts had the real story.   The Red Sox  became the first Major League team to come back from a three games deficit to win.

As for the three numbers, 18, 86, and 104…they had a lot in common with the Red Sox – a whole lot.

The Three Numbers:

The last time the Red Sox won a World Series before 2004 was 1918 – (18)

Before 2004, the closest the Red Sox came to winning a World Series was in 1986 – (86)

1986 was 18 years before 2004 – (86) and (18)

The Red Sox 18th season in the American League was in 1918 – (18)

The Red Sox 104th season in the American League was in 2004.   – (104)

If you add 86 with 18 you get 104 – (18) (86) and (104)

There are other instances, but you get the idea.

As for Mickey Mantle, I really do believe I saw him up in the sky within my mind’s eye. I did not know it that night…but October 20 the night of the seventh game was the Mick’s birthday.

So that is the story behind “Kiss the Curse Goodbye” which I featured in my novel The Goat, The Babe, and The Maroons.