WASHINGTON — Top Pentagon officials dogmatically decline to speculate about any future operation, maneuver, deployment or weapons system when asked a question by a reporter. That is, unless it is about the Boston Red Sox.
Boldly going where few generals trod, Gen. James McConville says the Red Sox are a lock to win the World Series this year because of a secret Pentagon weapon that has superseded the Curse of the Bambino and any other jinx the uber-superstitious Red Sox fans may fret about.
That weapon would be McConville, Gen. Mark Milley and Gen. Joe Dunford — all Massachusetts natives and three top brass — being deployed to the same location at the same time. Each time that happens, the Red Sox win the World Series.
“The last time we were in the same location (Afghanistan), the Red Sox won (in 2013),” McConville said Friday. “The time before that, when we were in Iraq (in 2004), they won again.”
All three are again assigned to the same location: the Pentagon.
Pentagon officials, speaking on deep background, are unofficially calling it “The Triumphant Triad.”
At today’s All-Star break, the halfway point of baseball’s regular season, the Red Sox have a record of 68-30. That is the best in baseball and gives them a 4.5 games lead over the second place, arch-rival Yankees.
In August 2013, Milley had acknowledged the same factor, saying that “I hope I don’t jinx myself” or the team’s chance by speaking of the Triad aloud. To superstitious fans, that is as close to the taboo of discussing a possible no-hitter that is in progress. His heresy, however, did not sink the Sox — they won the banner that fall.
And it seems to go both ways. For example, the day it was announced that McConville was the next commander of the 101st Airborne. — May 21, 2011 — his promotion was preceded by the Red Sox pounding the Chicago Cubs 15-5. Positive momentum in return, perhaps.
Dunford was born in South Boston, then moved to Quincy, Mass., at age 12. It was there he met McConville; the two became pals playing neighborhood sports together.
Milley, who had two Red Sox hats hanging on the wall of his office in Kabul, Afghanistan, is from the Boston suburb of Winchester.
Despite the unusual loquaciousness of their talking about the Triumphant Triad, the trio has been mum on what caused the Red Sox to also win the World Series in 2007 when they were not in the same location. That appears to remain a military secret.