Though they hit their season low point at 11-20, the Boston Red Sox have pulled themselves up by their bootstraps and found a playoff position thanks to MLB’s pre-2022 expansion of the postseason and a weakened American League. Though the Yankees are the talk of the town, the Sox have managed to at least conquer the cushy part of their schedule to rank fourth in the AL East and look like one of the very few competitive teams in the American League.
After their slow-as-hell start, it’s nothing to be ashamed of. They’re winning the games they’re supposed to win, and their rotation, patched together with spare parts, is finally matching their offense ahead of Chris Sale’s return. They’re also going to win the 2022 World Series.
This isn’t a reverse jinx attempt. It’s just a solemn acknowledgment that the Red Sox, who’ve barely mattered through the first half of 2022, will sadly be your World Series champions.
MLB dropped the World Series logo along with their first bracket of the year on Wednesday (of course, waiting until the Sox were playoff eligible to show things off), and with it came the realization that the two flags that indicate a Boston playoff run is en route were very much included.
Yankees fans will hope from June until October that these are False Flags, but unfortunately, this duo has predicted the Red Sox’ title fate with 100% accuracy since 2004.
It might hurt the most this season, considering how elite the Yankees really are and how mediocre and moribund Boston is. MLB always gets what it wants in the end, though. And what it wants is a stunning Yankees run and equally staggering collapse at the hands of the Sox (and flags).
MLB’s two-flag logo means Red Sox will be 2022 World Series champions — sorry, Yankees
It may feel strange to consider the Sox a playoff lock at 29-27, but who’s coming to get them? The Angels, in the midst of an historic collapse and without a manager? The White Sox? It’s possible, but if they surge, Minnesota is likely to fall back. The Mariners?! Sorry. Nobody’s home.
Argue semantics all you want to, but Boston has never lost a (rigged) World Series during a year featuring the double pennants (on top of each other, buddy-buddy) in the series logo.
2021’s ALCS collapse only furthered this argument; last season, the pennants persisted up until the World Series logo in every playoff round’s artwork. Hilariously, they were removed from the center of the “globe” logo for the final round after lurking in the background during the ALDS and CS; Boston’s luck ran out almost exactly as the flags faded.
It was as stunningly “coincidental” then as it is now, and I predicted it to a tee before the postseason began last year.
If you’re scared, that’s OK. If you want to talk flag semantics, my DMs are open. I understand it’s an imperfect process — for example, the 2018 World Series is the only one the Sox have won with the pennants side-to-side rather than nuzzling each other. 2009 also had side-to-side pennants, and the Yankees captured that one.
When the flags are on top of each other, though, Boston’s currently three-for-three and undefeated. 2022 looks like the fourth, as mandated by a higher power, unfortunately.
Perhaps the curse is broken forever this fall! Would be nice. It won’t be, though. Sox in 6.