The 2004 trophy didn’t seem guaranteed after that season’s opener. By User M@ on en.wikipedia (From en.wikipedia; description page is (was) here) [GFDL (www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], via Wikimedia Commons
In Out of Left Field, Brandon loved how the summer unfolded for his Red Sox.
However, the team didn’t look the same in its 2004 debut as in October.
Here’s an inning-by-inning replay of the letdown Red Sox fans faced in that season opener: