Red Sox win the World Series

BOSTON 6, ST. LOUIS 1

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BOSTON — There hasn’t been a party like this in New England for nearly a century.

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St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina looks back as home plate umpire Jim Joyce calls Boston's Jonny Gomes safe on a three-run double by Shane Victorino in the third inning. It is Boston's third World Series title in the past 10 years and eighth overall.  MATT SLOCUM/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina looks back as home plate umpire Jim Joyce calls Boston's Jonny Gomes safe on a three-run double by Shane Victorino in the third inning. It is Boston's third World Series title in the past 10 years and eighth overall.

Turmoil to triumph. Worst to first.

MVP David Ortiz and the Boston Red Sox, baseball’s bearded wonders, capped their remarkable turnaround by beating the St. Louis Cardinals 6-1 in Game 6 on Wednesday night to win their third World Series championship in 10 seasons.

Shane Victorino, symbolic of these resilient Sox, returned from a stiff back and got Boston rolling with a three-run double off the Green Monster against rookie sensation Michael Wacha. John Lackey became the first pitcher to start and win a Series clincher for two different teams, allowing one run over 6 ⅔ innings 11 years after his Game 7 victory as an Angels rookie in 2002.

With fans roaring on every pitch and cameras flashing, Koji Uehara struck out Matt Carpenter for the final out. The Japanese pitcher jumped into the arms of catcher David Ross while Red Sox players rushed from the dugout and bullpen as the Boston theme “Dirty Water” played on the public-address system.

And the Red Sox didn’t have to fly the trophy home.

For the first time since Babe Ruth’s team back in 1918, Boston won the title at Fenway Park. The 101-year-old ballpark, oldest in the majors, was packed with 38,447 singing, shouting fans anticipating a celebration 95 years in the making.

There wasn’t the comeback charm of “The Idiots” from 2004, who swept St. Louis to end an 86-year title drought. There wasn’t that cool efficiency of the 2007 team that swept Colorado. This time, they were Boston Strong – playing for a city shaken by the marathon bombings in April.

After late-season slumps in 2010 and 2011, the embarrassing revelations of a chicken-and-beer clubhouse culture that contributed to the ouster of manager Terry Francona, and the daily tumult of Bobby Valentine’s one-year flop, these Red Sox grew on fans.

Just like the long whiskers on the players’ faces.

MOST CHAMPIONSHIPS
TEAMTOTALLATEST
New York Yankees272009
St. Louis Cardinals112011
Boston Red Sox82013
New York Giants51954
Philadelphia Athletics51930
Pittsburgh Pirates51979
Los Angeles Dodgers51988
Cincinnati Reds51990

Source: mlb.com

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happy for David Ross. can't

happy for David Ross. can't wait til they report in the Spring

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