With their 6-1 home victory over the St. Louis Cardinals Wednesday night to win the 2013 World Series in six games, the Boston Red Sox gave their fans something they hadn’t had in 95 years: a championship clinched at Fenway Park.
When that last occurred,was on the winning team, still wearing a “B” on his cap, and no one alive at the time had ever seen him wearing Yankee pinstripes.
The Red Sox won this World Series on a combination of solid pitching, MVP ’s outstanding hitting and at least one clutch hit from several other players who struggled throughout the series apart from their big hits.
But it was Ortiz, “Big Papi,” who seemed to be on a personal mission to win it all. Ortiz hit an amazing .688 (11 for 16) with two home runs and six RBIs. He also served as an effective cheerleader for his teammates, giving an inspiring talk in the dugout when Game Four was tied 1-1 in St. Louis. Soon after Ortiz's pep talk, left fielder Johnny Gomes hit a three-run home run off reliever St. Louis reliever Seth Maness, and the Cardinals never recovered.
For the Cardinals, weak offense in Games Four, Five and Six prevented the NL champs from ever seriously competing. The bottom four spots in the lineup did not drive in a single run the entire series, and the Redbirds, who hit a torrid .330 with runners in scoring position during the regular season, slipped to below .200 in the World Series.
, the Cardinals’ top pitcher with a 19-9 regular season record, wasn’t at his best in Game One, coming out on the losing end of an 8-1 opener in Boston. He later lost Game Five 3-1, but by that time, the St. Louis bats had gone to sleep.
The Cardinals scored a total of four runs in the last three games and were outscored by Boston 27-14 overall in the series.
It was the eighth World Series championship in Red Sox history, with three of them coming in the past 10 seasons.
The Cardinals are now 11-8 in World Series play since making their first appearance in 1926.