chapter  9
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Perceiving Continuity and Change in Groups

I n October 2004, the Boston Red Sox won the World Series of baseball, a much heralded event since it was their first championship season since 1918. There had been many times during those years when the Red Sox came close, even agonizingly close, but they always fell short. They became famous for breaking the hearts of their loyal fans. As the 2004 season neared its end, everyone wondered if the Red Sox would again find a way to lose. Would they yet again have to suffer the pain of being so close, yet so far, from their long-sought championship? Not this time-they won the championship, and in doing so rid themselves of “the curse of the Bambino.”1