The Red Sox elimination from the MLB Playoffs with a 5-4 loss to the Houston Astros on Monday afternoon was no doubt heartbreaking for fans.
Nowhere was that sentiment captured better than in a viral video taken during a class at UConn.
The video, shot by UConn student Josh Buser, shows another student watching the last out of the game on a computer. The unnamed student reacts to the outcome before closing his laptop and throwing his head back to agonize over the defeat.
"Watched this random Red Sox fan have his hopes and dreams crushed during class and it was absolutely electric," Buser said in a tweet that included the video.
That tweet was liked more than 19,000 times and had more than 8,000 retweets. The video has been viewed more than 2.7 million times on Imgur.
Buser, a Yankees fan, wrote a column about the video for the Daily Campus, in which he explained why he thinks the video went viral.
"It's because Boston fans like Jonathan (a name Buser made up for the student) don't get to experience the agony of defeat as much as the rest of us," Buser said in his column. "Boston sports fans are notoriously spoiled by their recent glory, and the internet likes to take the chance to laugh at them when we can."
Buser said he doesn't believe that if the same video was of an Astros fan after a Houston loss, that it would not have had the same impact.