The best pitcher in baseball has Boston believing it can break its World Series curse

The fruit seller at the haymarket greets a regular: "Pedro goes tonight." On a break at a downtown construction site, workers open their tabloid Boston Heralds from the back, where the sports are. Out in Wellesley, lawn sprinklers kick on, and investment managers for Fidelity pad sleepily up wide driveways, flipping through sections of the self-serious Boston Globe, past Nation, Business and Arts to the baseball coverage.

The pennant pandemic hits a handful of cities every autumn, but no place goes nuts in the spring like Boston does whenever the Red Sox get off to a good start. It's all...

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