With Boston now leading the seven-game series, 3-2, Red Sox fans – now nine years removed from the 2004 conclusion of the historic 86-year World Series “curse” – can’t be blamed for a bit of eccentricity as they root for a final Series victory.
Players rely on ritual (and a bit of superstition) all the time, from past Red Sox great Nomar Garciaparra’s meticulous batters’ box routine to David Ortiz’s explosive handclap before stepping into the batters’ box.
Take a look at how some fans help out the Red Sox in their own way.
- NAME AND AGE: Joe Barrett, 67 and Marilyn Barrett, 66
- NEIGHBORHOOD: South End
- PROFESSION: Retired
- WHERE THEY WILL MOST LIKELY WATCH: At their son’s house
- YEARS A RED SOX FAN: Marilyn has been a fan since moving to Boston in 1969.
- FAVORITE PLAYER: David Ortiz
- RITUAL/SUPERSTITION: Even if the Red Sox are playing well, Marilyn won’t predict a victory until the end of the game to avoid bad luck.