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Red Sox fans hopeful, cautious
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(Boston-AP) -- Can they finally break the �Curse of the Bambino?�

Now that the Red Sox are in the playoffs, many fans interviewed near Fenway Park today believe the team can go all the way and win their first World Series since 1918 -- the year before Babe Ruth was sold to the Yankees.

Dave Hurley of Braintree doesnďż˝t buy into the notion of a curse.  He says what happened in the past was ďż˝just baseballďż˝ and every year and every team is different.

Hurley says he likes the fan-friendly attitude of the new Red Sox owners and many of the new players brought in, like Bill Meuller, Todd Walker and Kevin Millar.

South Boston native Paul O�Connor says he thinks the curse is �superstitious nonsense.� But he admits to thinking about about past disappointments whenever the Red Sox approach the playoffs.

O�Connor says he remembers Bill Buckner in the 1986 World Series and wonders what might go wrong and how the Sox might blow it this time. But like so many other fans, he hopes that won�t happen this time.


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