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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

More on LOST, the TV show, and the Red Sox

The ABC TV show LOST made its premier on September 22, 2004. I started watching it shortly after the historic 2004 World Series was over. It is a confusing show to watch if you haven't been watching since that season, and I'll not try to explain it here, but there is a Red Sox connection to the show. I've written two posts about the show, one in January of 2009 and another in April of 2009.

Executive producer Carlton Cuse is a Red Sox fan and executive producer Damon Lindeloff is a Yankee fan. (I'm not the only one who works with a Yankee fan!) At the time of the premier, the Sox were still mired in an 86 year World Series title drought. In the first season, the sentence, "That's why the Red Sox will never win the World Series," is used two times.

Jack Shephard who was 'lost' on the island in October of 2004, had discovered that the Sox had alledgedly won that year's World Series, yet remained skeptical that they actually had done it. In a conversation between Jack and one of his rescuers, he asked the pilot if it was true that the Sox had won it. The pilot's response was, "Don't even get me started on that. I grew up in the Bronx." In another scene after Jack had made his way off the island and back into civilization in August of 2006, he looked at a sports section headline that read 'Yankees Bludgeon Red Sox,' Jack grumbles, "A-Rod! Grrr....." Lindeloff had to get back at Cuse somehow after the Yankee's world class implosion of 2004!

LOST is now in its 6th and final season. In last night's episode, Jack, who is divorced and has his son 1 weekend each month, says to him, "[I] hooked up the cable in here so you can watch the Red Sox if you want." The son is later seen in a photo wearing a Dodgers hat. (Hmmmm.... Manny went from the Sox to the Dodgers.)

While Jack's apparent allegiance to the Red Sox may only incidental to the main plot of the show, of which I have not been able to determine the origin, (did he go to med school in Boston?), I remain hopeful that this sub-plot is explained before the season is over. Then again, it may only be playful banter between a Red Sox fan and a Yankee fan working together, proving that it is possible for that to happen without one running over the other with a car, or smacking the other upside the head with a baseball bat.

Fenway West 02.24.10

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