TO MAKE TEAMS SPARKLE
Boston Globe 02/27/05
The surest way to guarantee a
win in the big league's? Playing on a day when you give your championship team
its World Series rings.
Since 1990, 12 of the 14 World
Series winners in the previous year have won on the day they were given their
rings. The last Series champion to lose was the Florida Marlins, and the Marlins
had an excuse in 1998: Owner Wayne Huizenga had blown up the team over the
winter, and the champs were missing a dozen players when they lost, 5-2, to the
Brewers, their fifth straight loss in what would be a 1-11 start. The Marlins
did better last season as defending champs, beating the Phillies, 4-3.