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By on 12.7.11 | 11:50AM

I appreciate Joe Lawler for linking to the video showing Elizabeth Warren and other Democrats vying to face off against Scott Brown next year unable to answer the simplest of questions.

In what years, this century, did the Red Sox win the World Series?

What self-respecting New Englander doesn't know the answer to that? For the benefit of non-baseball fans, the Boston Red Sox have won the World Series twice this century - 2004 & 2007.

While Warren was correct to say that the Sox triumphed in 2004 she told the audience much to their horror that they also won the Fall Classic in 2008.

I wish it were so. I was at Fenway Park for Game 5 of the American League Championship Series in which, on the brink of being eliminated by the Tampa Bay Rays, the Red Sox came back from a 7-0 deficit in the 7th inning to win the game 8-7 on a single by J.D. Drew. Unfortunately for the Sox, the Rays won that year's ALCS in seven games.

But Warren and her fellow Dems were merely adhering to a time honored tradition of being completely clueless when it comes to baseball. As Joe mentioned there was Martha Coakley who claimed Curt Schilling was a Yankees fan last year.

During the 2004 Democratic National Convention here in Boston, while being interviewed on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball by Jon Miller and Joe Morgan during a Yankees-Red Sox game at Fenway, John Kerry said his favorite Red Sox player was "Manny Ortez." While Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz hit three-four in the Sox lineup, there was no Manny Ortez.

And if we go all the way back to 1998 during Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa's pursuit of Roger Maris, the late Ted Kennedy referred to the duo as "Mike McGwire and Sammy Sooser."

Some things never change.

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