Sport: Four Long-Suffering Souls

Tension at last for the Angels-Red Sox and Astros-Mets

Going into this week's playoffs, California, Houston and New York are sticking with their regular lineups, but Boston has called up John Updike, David Halberstam, Robert B. Parker (Spenser: For Hire) and George Higgins (The Friends of Eddie Coyle) to bolster a worn Globe staff that has been dangling most of the summer by a participle. Pennant races in Boston are hell on adjectives.

The Angels, Astros and Mets also think of themselves as long-suffering worthies finally come to glory, though the combined age of these '60s expansion teams scarcely equals the venerable misery of the Red Sox, almost 70 years...

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