There was additional reason to celebrate. The Sox' clinch party came at the expense of the Yankees - who had been in the playoffs 13 consecutive seasons.
Late September and October in New England is pretty much the most compelling reason to live here. Warm, dry days, cool nights each a little longer than the one before. The maple and the oak slip a little each day into their gaudy autumn colors.
Lately we've come to expect the Sox to make the post season and this year is no different. I hope they do well. If they don't, I wish those pesky upstarts from Tampa well and rejoice at the ignominy of the failed Yankee season.