You should be celebrating…

The Boston Red Sox just won the world series, and you should be celebrating. Here’s why.

  1. If you believe in overcoming terror, picking yourself up from a tragedy, and reclaiming “our [bleeping] city“, the Red Sox did just that. The city of Boston rallied around their ballclub after the marathon bombings in April, and the Sox responded by putting the city on their shoulders, and winning it all.

    David Ortiz, eventual MVP of the World Series, adresses the Fenway Faithful after the marathon bombings
  2. If you believe in intangibles like camaraderie, soul and epic beards, the Red Sox are a proof that these factors are meaningful.Last year the BoSox were made up of the best statistical team money could buy, but they had no heart. They did not work as a team, and the result was one of the worst seasons in Red Sox history. On this year’s revamped squad the smiles were ever-present, barely visible under beards they must have stolen from the streets of Geulah. And it led to a title.

    The Red Sox owe much of their success to intagibles, like the facial hair in this photo
  3. If you believe in Teshuva, the power to change for the better, this team showed it is possible on both a team and individual level. Take John Lackey, for example. After coming to Boston on a huge contract he pitched miserably for a number of years, with a scowl constantly on his face. This year he slimmed down, grew out his beard and pitched wonderfully. He even got the win in the clinching game. Or look at Koji Uehara, the 36 years old journeyman middle reliever. He was inserted into the closer role after a number of injuries, and all of a sudden became a dominant force and a cult hero. He got the final strikeout to finish off this miraculous season.

So join me in celebrating this unbelievable season.

About the Author
Yaakov Wolff is a soldier in the IDF. He made Aliyah from Boston to Beit Shemesh in 2007. Before joining the army he studied in Yeshivat Kerem B'Yavneh. He holds a degree in Middle East Studies from Bar-Ilan University.