For the third time in 10 years, the Boston Red Sox are the World Champs!
The Red Sox beat the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 6 of the World Series 6-1 using timely hits by Shane Victorino, a gritty pitching performance by starter John Lackey, and the feared bat of David Ortiz, who was named the MVP.
When the Red Sox last won a World Series at home, Babe Ruth, Carl Mays, and Harry Hooper were the starts on September 11, 1918, a season that was cut short by World War 1.
Tears of joy, elation, and memories from that horrific April 15th bombing all came into play with the last out.
Through a surprising worst-to-first campaign, the Red Sox provided the people of Boston and fans throughout the country some measure of joy and a championship to remember.
Boston Strong has never sounded so sweet.
As Ortiz collected his MVP award he said: “This is for you Boston. We’ve been through a lot this year.”
The interesting part of the evening came in the fifth inning when Red Sox outfielder, Jacoby Ellsbury appeared to be picked off first base. A rundown ensued, though, and Ellsbury’s guile, speed, and anti-lock breaks served to remind us that the outcome of a rundown is not to be assumed.
On Oct. 30, it all ended.
Enjoy this celebration for a few days and be sure to load up on Red Sox swag in time for the holidays.
But don’t forget, pitchers and catchers report in less than three months.
2014 will be here before you know it.
“Let’s go for two.”