No, really, this will be cathartic and pretty good fun.
Byrnes is inextricably tied to this question of course.
But for me, the most painful moment was the next day. Dye had homered to put us up 4-2. And after Rincon surrendered the bomb to his first hitter (Todd "Babe" Walker) he pitched through the sixth and seventh. Nursing a one-run lead, something we'd never had after the third inning in any of our previous seven series-clinching games, Foulke was brought in to get the final six outs. You know the rest. Nomar off the monster, and then the Ortiz bomb just out of Dye's reach. When the go-ahead run crossed the plate, I wept. I'm totally unashamed to admit this. I wept for four years of not moving forward. I wept for T-Long losing the ball in 2000; for the 1-0 loss in 01; for somehow not defeating the Twins in 02; and for what was happening before me, what had happened the night before, and what I accurately imagined might happen the next night in Oakland.
That moment crystallized the pain of those four years for me. It was my most painful moment.
And again, I just think this is kind of interesting, not depressing at all. These memories are part of our shared experience, part of our love for this great team which feels so full of possibility now. So, please, beyond just voting, feel free to share your own story, if you would.