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Millar: An amazing feeling10/28/2004 3:06 AM ET
By Kevin Millar
Red Sox first baseman Kevin Millar has been a regular contributor to MLB.com the past two seasons. He provided commentary throughout Boston's historic postseason run. In his final installment, he reflects on the feeling of being part of the World Series championship Boston Red Sox.
This is why we've worked so hard and believed the whole time. You can't put together a better 25-man roster than we had. It doesn't even stop there. It goes to the whole 50 guys who contributed.
We're just so proud to be a part of this organization and to be a part of the city and the tradition. To be a world champion is awesome. But to be a world champion for the Boston Red Sox and to break this 86-year curse -- we're the 2004 champs.
It has been such a mental grind. Only the strong survive, and that's a true statement.
Mentally, this team has gone through so much: Being down 0-3 to winning four in a row against the Yankees, to coming to the World Series. And people thought we were going to be flat from the Yankees series, and then we come out and win four more in a row. To just do what we've done is an amazing thing.
Once you start packing up and getting ready for the parade, and you get home and relax, it will all sink in that this team broke the curse.
I was playing for the St. Paul Saints in 1993 in the Independent League, never having been drafted in my life. And to be the first baseman of the Boston Red Sox world champions, I mean, life is crazy. Just to be a part of that and this group is an amazing feeling.
When Keith Foulke fielded that final out and threw it to Doug Mientkiewicz for the last out, you don't even know what you're doing.
Everything just came out of your body. Tears of joy and happiness and all the pain that you go through for the whole season, all the doubters, all the signs and chants you hear of 1918, you can rip all those up now and you can put 2004 Sox.
I can't wait for the parade. We're so excited to get on those floats and go, baby.
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