Given the number of times the Boston Red Sox have been World Champions since then, it's sometimes hard for the current generation to believe what it was like for Red Sox fans way back in 2004. The Sox had not won a World Series since 1918, despite having made it to the Series four times before. Their most recent loss, in the seventh game of the 1986 Series, had convinced "Red Sox Nation" that a curse existed on their beloved team, keeping them from ever winning a World Series.
But 2004 was a magic year for the team. Due to the creation of the "wild card" concept just a few years before, the Sox managed to make it to the American League Championship Series, where they became the first team to come back from having lost the first three games to defeat their main rivals, the New York Yankees. And once they won those four games in a row, there was no beating them. They took the Cardinals down in four games straight, on the same night as a total lunar eclipse appeared in the skies over North America.