On Wednesday night, the Boston Red Sox will kick off World Series Game 6 against the St. Louis Cardinals and try, for the first time since 1918, to clinch a World Series victory at Fenway Park. Like most Bostonians, Tom Brady will be watching.
And like many New Englanders, Brady will be watching with his son. He said he plans to keep his son (Brady didn't specify which son - John is six while Benjamin is just three, so the former makes more sense) awake for the game.
"They have a great chance tonight. I'm hoping they pull it out. I know our team is excited to watch," Brady said Wednesday. "I was thinking about that today, to make sure my son is up watching the game. You never know if it happens again."
Now, I know what you're thinking. "How is this news?" It's not news, per se. I do find it interesting in the context of other Boston sports though.
The Red Sox broke their World Series curse in 2004. It was a long, long time coming. 86 years to be exact. So, yeah, it's entirely possible that young Mr. Brady could go his entire lifetime without seeing the Sox take a title. Not likely, but possible.
More importantly, I think it kind of speaks to the way Brady's approaching the game at this point. 2004 also marks the same year the Patriots won what would become Brady's third Super Bowl ring. Having won three in the past four years (2001, 2003, 2004) it sure looked like Brady was going to run out of fingers before he ran out years to win a ring.
Instead it's now 2014 and New England's got nothing in the last decade but a long list of close calls and brutal defeats, with two against the Giants standing out in particular.
It's not wonder he's keeping his son up late Wednesday night. No one knows as well as Tom Brady that you can't take winning championships for granted.