Behind them stands a retro-style canvas sign reading Hanging inside a nearby closet is a No. Matt, a Manufacturing Skill Standards Council Instructor (MSSC) at Bevill State Community College, even named his 2-year-old son Beckett after former pitcher Josh Beckett.
Matt’s love for the Red Sox was born in 2003 when he tuned in to watch the American League Championship Series.
The New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox were each vying for a shot at the World Series.
Boston lost four out of seven games, but they won a new fan. The next year, the Red Sox came back and won the World Series, ending the mythical “Curse of the Bambino,” an 86-year winning drought said to have begun in 1919 when Babe Ruth was sold to the Yankees.
After the sale of Ruth, the Red Sox would suffer through 14 consecutive losing seasons, never rising above the second division, and finishing dead last six consecutive seasons (1925–30) and eight times in a nine-year span.
The Yankees, on the other hand, won seven pennants and four World Series with the Babe, and suffered through only one losing season in the 15 he was on their roster, finishing lower than third place only once.
He had been awed by the city’s response to the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013, but as he toured the city he noted its devotion to the Red Sox team.
“The way they came together after [the bombing] was powerful,” Matt recalls.
It was their last family trip before the mother passed away.
“The Red Sox gave them a tour and announced their names,” Matt says.