The Boston Red Sox could defeat the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 6, or Game 7, to win the 2013 World Series. However, public statements offered by members of this bawdy baseball bunch after Game 5 was won, regarding pending 'Beantown' celebrations, are giving pause to superstitious fans on Halloween week.
Obviously, the Cardinals need to win both games to take the title. So, their players aren't preparing for a flatbed truck ride into Busch Stadium. That 25-man squad is likely focused on the first inning in Fenway on Wednesday.
Five years ago the Philadelphia Phillies were leading the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1 in the Series and no one, other than government planners, was openly discussing what was to become a glorious Halloween Day parade through South Philadelphia's red and white sandwiched streets. The Phillies chose to remain tight-lipped until their victory had been secured.
Sports superstitions reveal hidden anxiety. Clearly 'Big Papi's' staggering 2.017 World Series' OPS hasn't been generated through bashfulness. It would be easy to falsely classify the building exuberance of David Ortiz' other diamond mates, who grew their own facial masks, as hubris. Confidence isn't arrogance as long as it's backed up with complete, consistent actions.
Every major league ballplayer handles adversity, outright failure and potential triumph in his own way. With whatever transpires during the next one, or two, days, the attitudes seen on the field of play will have served to collectively carry both teams to the brink of eternal glory.