Destiny for the Boston Red Sox
Destiny. Magic. Never give up. Improbable. Remarkable. Those are just some of the words you can use to describe the 2013 Boston Red Sox. Saturday night, the magic continued at Fenway Park. A Shane Victorino grand slam over the Green Monster propelled the Red Sox to their third American League Pennant in the last ten seasons. Wednesday, the World Series gets underway as the Red Sox take on the St. Louis Cardinals in a rematch of the 2004 Fall Classic.
Time after time, somebody in the Red Sox lineup came up with the clutch hit late in a game. In game two, it was David Ortiz with the grand slam to tie the game at five. Then it was Jarrod Saltalamacchia with the game-winning single. This time, it was Victorino with the grand slam to put the Red Sox ahead, 5-2. The grand salami would not have been possible if former Red Sox shortstop Jose Iglesias didn’t boot what would have been an inning-ending double play. Of course, as the story was writing itself, ALCS MVP Koji Uehera would end the game with a strikeout of Iglesias to let the celebration begin at Fenway. Words can’t describe how dominant Uehera and his 11.22 strikeout-to-walk ratio has been this season. Every move that general manager Ben Cherington and the Red Sox organization has made has worked out to perfection. Whether it’s Victorino, Uehera, Jonny Gomes, Mike Napoli, or the acquisition of Jake Peavy, every player has had a major impact on the 2013 title run.
This team has faced adversity all season long and they continue find their way in the winning column. They have the chemistry, the leadership, and of course the beards. The beards seemed to have brought this team together even more. Everything is going right for the Red Sox and having home field in the World Series in front of the Fenway faithful is going to make them very tough to beat. You date back to the six-run ninth inning the Red Sox had back on August 1st against the Mariners. That game truly described what this team has done all season and what they did in their 4-2 series win in the ALCS against the Tigers. They played all 27 outs until the very end. They have the talent, the grit, the leadership, and the manager to win their third World Series title in the last decade. Their toughest task comes in this series as they take on a Cardinals team that tied them for the best record in baseball at 97-65. Will it be easy? Not in the slightest bit. The Cardinals will also be going for their third title in the last decade and that is just one of the many storylines in this series. Check out my next piece that dives into all the big headlines to watch out for in what should try be a “Fall Classic.”