The city of Boston has waited 95 years, but the Red Sox finally clinched a World Championship in Fenway Park. Before this season, the last time the Sox celebrated in Fenway was in 1918 when Babe Ruth was still on the team.
Boston defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 3 games to 2, and won Game Six 6-1 behind 6.2 innings of one run ball from you guessed it, John Lackey.
Lackey was the poster boy of the 2011 Red Sox collapse, and when he walked off the mound last night, he received a standing ovation from the Boston faithful.
What a turnaround it was for the Red Sox who finished last in the American League East in 2012 with 93 losses, and came back to have the best record in the American League and win it all the very next season.
MVP honors went to David Ortiz who hit .688, with a .760 on-base percentage, both good for the best World Series numbers since 1900 when Billy Hatcher hit .750 and had a .800 on-base percentage in the Reds sweep of the A’s.
The turning point of the Sox post-season came in Game Two of the ALCS with Boston trailing 5-1 with 2-outs in the bottom of the 8th inning. David Ortiz was at the plate and he drilled a first pitch fastball off Jose Veras that landed in the Boston bullpen tying the game at 5.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia then won it with a single in the bottom of the ninth. Instead of the Red Sox going to Detroit down 0-2, the series was tied at one, and Boston won 3 of the next 4 games to win the pennant, and never looked back.
Whenever the Red Sox needed a big hit this season, it seemed the team always came through. Shane Victorino was terrible all post-season, but had the biggest hits in the pennant and World Series clinching games. In Game 6 of the ALCS, Victorino hit a grand slam that secured the pennant, and hit a 3-run double that broke the game open last night.
Jonny Gomes was just 2 for 17 in the World Series, but one of those hits was a game-winning 3-run home run in Game 4 that tied the series at 2 games apiece.
Factor in Koji Uehara who allowed just one run in 13 innings this post-season as the teams closer, and you have a World Series champion.