The city of Boston had a rare celebration on Oct. 30. It isn’t rare for the Boston Red Sox to win a World Series anymore, but this was the first time they did in Fenway Park in the modern era. However, this was virtually the last milestone Boston had to cross off, after crossing every other curse off in the last 12 years.
The Red Sox’s 6-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 6 was their third World Series triumph in 10 years. It went along nicely with the three New England Patriots Super Bowls in 12 years, and the one title each won by the Boston Celtics and Bruins in that span. It doesn’t even count the two Super Bowls, one NBA and one Stanley Cup final lost in that time period either.
In this calendar year alone, the Patriots made it to the AFC title game and the Bruins got to the Stanley Cup Finals before the Red Sox even made the World Series. The one holdout was the Celtics, as they are back in rebuilding mode after losing their Big Three. Given the advanced age of Tom Brady and David Ortiz, the Patriots and Red Sox may be in that mode by 2016, but they are still decked in rings right now.
Here is a list of Boston’s various champions since early 2002, as the golden age of Beantown is still alive and well — and could have another Super Bowl and Stanley Cup to show for it by this time next year.
Patriots kick off reign
2001-02 New England Patriots
These were strange times when Boston had no winners to speak of, few had really heard of Tom Brady and the St. Louis Rams were the greatest powerhouse in the NFL. One 20-17 upset and one last-minute Brady drive began to change all that, as the Patriots won their first ever NFL title.
Patriots pull out another ring
Even at this point, it was possible for Janet Jackson and the Super Bowl halftime show to overshadow the Patriots, although that mostly happened in the long run. In the short run, the Patriots battled it out with the Carolina Panthers before another last-minute drive and Adam Vinatieri field goal landed another ring.
Red Sox shatter curse
2004 Boston Red Sox
Boston really knew it was in a blessed era when the Red Sox joined the championship brigade. The famed 3-0 comeback over the New York Yankees, and the four-game shellacking of the Cardinals, would merely be the second of four championship droughts to end in the city.
Patriots’ last Super Bowl
After 2004 brought two world titles to Boston, the Patriots started 2005 with another one over the Eagles. However, just as no one foresaw the Patriots winning three Super Bowls in four years, few could see the Patriots going the next eight years without another one — the one asterisk in this golden era for Boston.
Red Sox break another drought
2007 Red Sox
Going three years without a title was small potatoes compared to 86 years — yet a three-year wait can feel like decades by comparison these days in Boston. The 2007 Red Sox snapped their latest drought with another big comeback in the ALCS over the Cleveland Indians, and another four game World Series sweep over the Colorado Rockies.
Celtics join in
2007-08 Boston Celtics
The Celtics used to win so many championships that it made up for the Red Sox, Bruins and Patriots’ failures. But Boston’s former No. 1 franchise hadn’t been on top since 1986, although pairing Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen together finally did the trick. Fittingly, it ended with the Celtics blowing past the Los Angeles Lakers in the finals, like the good old days.
Bruins last to get crowned
2010-11 Boston Bruins
The Bruins were the last holdout in Boston to go without winning it all, and even blew their own 3-0 series lead to the Philadelphia Flyers a year earlier. Yet the Bruins made the big rally this year, erasing a 3-2 deficit to the Vancouver Canucks in the Stanley Cup finals and shutting them out in Game 7, for their first Cup in 39 years.
Red Sox celebrate in Fenway
2013 Red Sox
The final frontier of this decorated era was to win a World Series in Fenway Park. With the Red Sox finally crossing that out on Oct. 30, there’s virtually nothing left for Boston to wait for — except a pesky fourth Super Bowl for the Patriots.