Red Sox Win World Series
Sox Take Cardinals in Six Games with 6-1 Finish at Fenway
Published: Thursday, October 31, 2013
Updated: Thursday, October 31, 2013 02:10
Last night, Fenway Park celebrated a World Series win for the first time in 95 years.
The new “Kings of Baseball” overcame what seemed impossible, going from worst in the AL East to first in the MLB.
The Boston Red Sox have now claimed the title of World Series champions eight times, three of which have been in the past ten years.
Game Six of the 2013 World Series was played in Boston, with a final score of 6-1 over the St. Louis Cardinals.
The win proved especially poignant for the city of Boston. Casual and diehard baseball fans alike have rallied around the Sox, who have adopted the phrase “Boston Strong,” originally incepted after April’s Marathon bombings.
David Ortiz received his first MVP award for a steady offensive performance throughout the Series.
It was not until the third inning that Boston got on the board. With the bases loaded, Shane Victorino hit a double to the Green Monster that boosted the Sox 3-0. Until that at bat, Victorino had been 0-10 in the series.
Closing pitcher Koji Uehara ended the night by striking out Matt Carpenter. The celebration began when he jumped into the arms of catcher David Ross. The Sox won 108 of the 178 total games they played this season.
The series has been marked by close calls and exciting endings. Game 3 was played on Saturday night in St. Louis. The game was tied 4-4 at the Cardinal’s last at-bat in the bottom of the ninth. Allen Craig, on base for St. Louis, was sliding into third base at the same time that Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks was trying to field a wide throw from catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Craig tripped over the legs of a fallen Middlebrooks as he was making his way toward home plate.
Left fielder Daniel Nava threw the ball to home plate, where Saltalamacchia tagged Craig out. Third base umpire Jim Joyce, however, called an obstruction on Middlebrooks and granted Craig home plate. The Cardinals stormed the field to congratulate Craig and celebrate their 2-1 lead in the series, while Red Sox players and managers came out to argue the call with the umpires. Joyce and other officials said in a later interview with The Washington Post that they had never seen a World Series game end that way.
A second strange ending came in Game 4, played at Busch Stadium on Sunday night in St. Louis. The Red Sox were up 4-2, thanks in part to Jonny Gomes. The bearded left fielder was added to the roster for Game 4 only a few hours before the game after Shane Victorino reported back problems.
Gomes then hit a three-run homer in the sixth inning. In the bottom of the ninth, Allen Craig hit a single into right field. The injuries that Craig had sustained in Game 3 left him with a limp, and the Cardinals replaced him with pinch runner Kolten Wong. There were two outs, and Cardinals postseason powerhouse hitter Carlos Beltran had just come up to bat when Red Sox closer Koji Uehara caught Wong too far off base and made the last out of the inning. The Red Sox tied the series, 2-2.
In Game 5 on Monday night, the last game of the series to be played in St. Louis, pitcher Jon Lester pitched for almost eight full innings and only allowed one run from the Cardinals. David Ortiz continued an impressive streak of hits throughout the series with three hits in Game 5, bringing his batting average for the series up to .733 (11 for 15). Red Sox catcher David Ross’ hit in the seventh inning allowed the team to break a 1-1 tie and beat the Cardinals 3-2. Closer Koji Uehara had his seventh save of the postseason, tying the record for most postseason saves.
In preparation for Game Six, Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino issued a statement urging Bostonians to enjoy the events of the next few days, but to do so with common sense.
“As the Red Sox work to close out an amazing season, Bostonians have been tremendous in showcasing our city on the national stage,” he said. “This week I just ask that we stay the course.” Police and security were out in full force after the win, clearing the streets around Fenway and Kenmore Square within an hour of the victory. A wall of Boston Police bikes drove celebrations away from the finish line and attempted to clear Boylston Street altogether after at least one car was flipped near Fenway. Hundreds of fans remained on the field at Fenway until the early hours of the morning.
Metro Editor Tricia Tiedt contributed to this report.