Boston (AFP) – The Boston Red Sox carved up the St. Louis Cardinals 6-1, clinching their first World Series at home since 1918 and capping a remarkable worst-to-first transformation.
The Red Sox hadn’t won a World Series at home since Babe Ruth was on their roster and they joined the 1991 Minnesota Twins as the only teams to win the World Series a year after finishing in last place in their division.
“We did it,” said Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia of the Red Sox four games to two victory in the best-of-seven series on Wednesday.
Boston baseball fans rejoiced in the club’s eighth Major League Baseball championship in franchise history, packing the streets around the Fenway Park stadium and spilling out of bars and restaurants onto Boylston Street and Yawkey Way where they danced and sang into the early morning hours.
The triumph was particularly sweet and welcome for a city traumatized by the Boston Marathon bombings in April which killed three people and injured more than 260.
“God never left his kids alone,” said World Series most valuable player David Ortiz. “This is a city that has been through a lot of situations.
“And sometimes bad things got to happen for us to get the message. And we got the message. Everybody stayed together.”
Red Sox general manager John Farrell said the city’s Boston Strong message was taken to heart by the players.
“In a time of need, in response to a tragedy I go back to our players understanding their place in this city,” said Farrell. “They get that there’s a civil responsibility that we have wearing this uniform, particularly here in Boston.
“And it became a connection the way our guys reached out to individuals on our hospital visits. And it continued to build throughout the course of the season.
“Everybody in our uniform will look back on the events that took place and the way things unfolded as a special year,” Farrell said.
The fans, the players and the league have been waiting a long time for a World Series Beantown bash.
The last time the Red Sox clinched a title at Fenway Park, a 23-year-old Ruth was an eighth-inning defensive replacement.
Fast forward to Wednesday where Shane Victorino was the game six hero. Victorino, who missed the previous two games with a back injury, blasted a three-run double in the third inning and Stephen Drew clubbed a solo homer in the fourth for the Red Sox.