It started two years ago during the seventh game of the nail-biting 2003 American League Championship Series between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees. After Pedro Martinez gave up the game-tying bloop double to Jorge Posada, things were looking up for my team. On the commercial break, with the game tied, I had just stood up, stretched my legs, and sat back down when it suddenly occurred to me that doing so might have changed the cosmic balance, turning luck's tide toward the Sox. So I got up and sat back down again-to even things out, of course. From then on, I didn't take one sip of my drink, but two. Between innings, I opened the refrigerator door not once but twice ... and so on until Aaron "Bleeping" Boone hit Tim Wakefield's hanging knuckleball into the left-field seats, sending the Yanks to the World Series.