Remember 10 years ago when the Red Sox were a cursed franchise with tortured fans who were destined to never see another World Series title? It wasn’t that long ago but it certainly feels like it after the Red Sox clinched their third World Series in the last 10 seasons on Wednesday. Just last year they were a 93-loss team in the cellar but it didn’t take long for them to return to the penthouse.
The outcome of Game 6 was never in doubt. Rookie phenom Michael Wacha couldn’t continue his postseason magic and Victorino delivered with the bases loaded again. Boston built a 6-0 lead and never looked back. David Ortiz had a World Series for the ages, hitting over .600 and earning the World Series MVP. Congrats to the Red Sox and their fans who got to enjoy a World Series victory at Fenway Park for the first time since 1918.
I’m a Mets fan but I’ve always respected Boston’s passion and that historic “lyric little bandbox of a ballpark,” as John Updike would say. 95 years is a long time and the energy in that ballpark last night was electric. Fenway Park was the center of the sports world and Boston fans have a night that they will never forget.
The Red Sox have to be considered the team of the 2000s – they’re the only franchise with 3 World Series titles since the turn of the century. While that might make Yankees fans sick, I didn’t have a much of a problem with the way things turned out last night.
I sat and watched the game from the exact same seat that I sat in 6 months earlier during the Boston Marathon bombing. Back then, I watched in shock and disbelief as a manhunt unfolded live on television, holding a city hostage. Last night, I watched that same city and its people come together to celebrate their beloved Red Sox. It felt right to watch the city rejoice – the emotion was palpable through the television.
The Red Sox winning the World Series doesn’t change the fact that the bombings happened and it doesn’t fix the lives that were ruined by the senseless act. But it does give Boston a reason to celebrate their city’s resilience and strength. Sports has a way of bringing people together and taking on a greater significance. The way the players, owners and GM addressed the fans after the game confirmed that fact. The Yankees deserved the same fate in the 2001 World Series following the September 11th attacks and although they didn’t win it, just competing in that World Series was a cathartic and emotional experience for the city.
“Boston Strong” was born out of a terrible day in April but it became the motto of a city and its baseball team. The Red Sox have always been there to bond the people of Boston together and it was very cool to watch everyone revel in a World Series title. It was a fantastic postseason with many memorable moments and in the end, I think the best team won it all. Next year is a new season but 2013 will forever be about Boston’s worst to first turnaround and Boston Strong.