Ecstatic with their first World Series title in 86 years, fans of the Boston Red Sox are preparing to enshrine this team’s players as bigger-than-life legends who overcame the famous Curse of the Bambino. But as the Fenway faithful gear up to pay them homage, the heroes of this Cinderella story have another idea, one that’s giving pause for thought to famously reticent New Englanders. For this achievement, say many Sox players, give God the glory.
“I don’t believe in curses,” said Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez in an oft-repeated clubhouse sentiment after a four-game sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals. “I just believe in God, and he was the one who helped us today.”
Such religious testimonies from high-profile athletes are not new in sports, but in Boston they’re as rare as Yankee fans. Never before has a professional team shared its faith so openly with this region where religion is largely regarded as a personal, private matter.