Boston Red Sox Are 2013 World Champions
The Red Sox pulled it off. After sinking about as low as a professional sports team can sink – missing the playoffs entirely after a historically bad September in 2012 with a historically hate-able team – the 2013 Boston Red Sox capped off going from worst to first when they beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-1 on Wednesday night at Fenway Park; their first clinching of the championship on Fenway turf since 1918.
Shane Victorino, after sitting out two games with a bad back, came back into the lineup and was the difference. His bases-clearing double in the 3rd inning turned out to be all the runs the Sox needed. That didn’t stop him from adding another insurance run in the 4th. Mike Napoli and Stephen Drew provided the other RBIs for Boston.
John Lackey cemented his unofficial title as the poster child for this team’s redemption, hurling 6 and 2/3 innings of quality pitching before allowing the lone Cardinals run and getting into a bases loaded jam in the 7th. Junichi Tazawa successfully warded off any gut-wrenching close calls and got out of the inning. After that, it was all up to the now infamous Koji Uehara to cap off the incredible and improbable turnaround; as he had done so many times before.
With a whiff of Matt Carpenter’s bat, the celebration began. David Ortiz (finishing the series with a .688 average) unsurprisingly and deservedly took home the World Series MVP award and pumped up the Boston crowd with a throwback to his “this is our ****ing city” speech in the wake of the Boston Marathon Bombings. This time, he bleeped himself.
The city of Boston is still jumping and shouting and basking in the glory of yet another championship as I write this. The street I am on, as with many many others in the city, is currently barricaded by Boston Police. The celebration in the Kenmore and Fenway area, I can really only imagine at this point. The Boston Red Sox are 2013 world champions, so cue those duck boats.