For those who despair about the environment, who wonder, say, whether the world will ever take sufficient action to counter climate change, I give you … the 2004 Boston Red Sox.

Down 3-0 against their arch-nemeses, the New York Yankees, the Sox rallied tonight to win the seven-game series, becoming the first team in the history of Major League Baseball to overcome such a deficit.

To a lifelong Red Sox fan — someone conditioned from birth to always dream but never achieve — someone, um, like myself, coated in the scar tissue of the devastating losses of the past — a victory like tonight’s can’t help but give one rose-colored glasses. (At least for a night.) Who says we can’t tackle climate change? Maybe the solar revolution is upon us. This is the dawning of the age of Green-arius. I’m only partially joking.

As Tyler Kepner wrote in his piece posted on the New York Times website immediately after the Sox win:

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It was actually happening. The nerd was kissing the homecoming queen. Paper was beating scissors; scissors were beating rock. Charlie Brown was kicking the football. The Red Sox were beating the Yankees for the American League pennant.