The Boston Red Sox can clinch a World Series title on Oct. 30. Technically, this isn't as new for the Red Sox as it used to be before 2004. However, the big difference is that this title can be clinched at Boston, as the St. Louis Cardinals and Michael Wacha are left to stop Fenway Park's first world championship celebration in 95 years.
The last power 1918 holds over Boston is that it was the last time a title was won at Fenway Park. When the Curse of the Bambino was broken, the Red Sox were too impatient to wait for a Game 6 or 7 at Boston to do it, both in 2004 and 2007. But since the Red Sox didn't sweep the Cardinals and even fell behind by 2-1, things are different this time.
Given that Boston won twice in a row at St. Louis after its disastrous Game 3 loss, all signs are in its favor. Even with the dominant Wacha pitching for the Cardinals, can the rookie truly keep his head with the World Series at stake in Fenway? The upside is that if he does, the Red Sox would be at a disadvantage in Game 7 with the shaky Jake Peavy starting.
The old Red Sox would easily lose a Game 6 like this, then collapse in Game 7 and break Boston's heart. Of course, the old Red Sox haven't really been around in 10 years. This time, everything is in place for the greatest night in modern history at Fenway Park.
Then again, hosting Game 6 of a big series hasn't always worked for the city of Boston. In June 2012, the Boston Celtics looked destined to eliminate the then ring-less Miami Heat at the Garden in the Eastern Conference Finals. But when LeBron James had the night of his life, the Heat went on to win two straight championships and the Celtics are now officially rebuilding.
Can Wacha be the LeBron in this scenario, and can the Cardinals pull off a second 3-2 rally in the World Series in three years? A big difference is that the Heat got to go back to Miami for Game 7, and the Cardinals rallied in 2011 at home -- but the Red Sox have two straight chances at Fenway to give it an unprecedented celebration.
The first chance starts at 8:07 p.m. est on FOX.