Boston stronger than ever after Red Sox win third World Series in last decade
95 years ago, Red Sox fans were celebrating their fifth World Series title in franchise history. Not too many of those fans thought it would take 86 years for them to get back to the promised land. Wednesday night, a new generation of Boston fans witnessed their third World Series title in the last decade as the Red Sox defeated the St. Louis Cardinals. 86 years without a championship and now three in the past decade.
It all seemed out of a fairytale. Improbable comebacks, clutch home runs, and a whole lot of magic is what it took for the 2013 Red Sox to pull it off. Last place, 69 wins, and a whole lot of clubhouse problems under Bobby Valentine last year seemed like ages ago. John Farrell’s squad had the chemistry, the pitching, the hitting, the heart, and of course the beards. There wasn’t a game this season where this team gave up, especially in the playoffs. They trailed 5-1 in Game 2 of the ALCS, just four outs away from going down 2-0 in the series with the next three games in Detroit. Then the future Hall of Famer David Ortiz sent a ball just over the outreached glove of Torii Hunter to tie the game. The Red Sox would go on to win in walkoff fashion in the ninth to tie the series at one. Then in Game 6, trailing 2-1 in the bottom of the seventh, Shane Victorino would send a blast over the Green Monster that would send Fenway into a frenzy and get the Red Sox to the World Series. Once again in the World Series, the Red Sox trailed 2-1 in the series with two more in St. Louis. Like they did all season, they came back to win the next three games and take home their eighth World Series title in franchise history.
Improbable? Yes. Impossible? No. If there was any team to put on a miraculous run, it was the 2013 Red Sox. Koji Uehera closed the door as he had done since taking over as the closer in June. John Lackey would go from jeers to cheers after an amazing season, capped off by the start of his life in Game 6 that left him tipping his cap to the Fenway faithful. Ortiz would win the World Series MVP in what was one of the greatest postseason performances in the history of Major League Baseball. A .688 batting average, a .760 OBP, two home runs, six RBI, 11 hits in 16 at bats, and eight walks. It took the Cardinals until Game 6 to realize it was time to avoid him at all costs and put him on base. Too little, too late.
What a year it was for the Red Sox and for the city of Boston. After the bombings at the Boston Marathon, this city needed an uplifting moment moment, and the Red Sox delivered for the city all year long and capped it off with a championship. The crowd was electric and the home field advantage at Fenway was like no other. After the third title in the last decade, there is no question that Boston is stronger than ever.