Mendoza: Red Sox fans: They can all rest in peace-A A +A
Saturday, November 2, 2013
FROM grieving to grinning.
From failure to frontrunner.
From mourning to minting gold.
The Boston Red Sox were all that on Thursday, scoring a 6-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals to pocket the World Series in six games.
Wounded by the bombing of the Boston Marathon (John Pages is still gnashing his teeth, I believe), the city turned to the Red Sox for solace.
Responding with resolve, the Red Sox turned grief into ear-to-ear grin with their golden finish minted mainly by Shane Victorino, David Ortiz, Stephen Drew and pitchers John Lackey, Junichi Tazawa and Koji Uehara, and rookie manager John Farrell.
Victorino hit a three-run double in a fourth inning Boston explosion spiked by Stephen Drew’s homerun off Michael Wacha, 22. Then it became a 6-0 Boston bulge on RBIs by Victorino and Mike Napoli off reliever Lance Lynn. Ortiz, nicknamed Papi, was MVP for getting aboard 19 times out of 25 and hitting .668.
When Lackey left with the bases loaded on the seventh, Red Sox up 6-0, Tazawa came in and threw two pitches to Allen Craig. In the second pitch, Craig’s shot went right to Napoli at first for the inning’s final out.
But it was Uehara who threw the last unhittable pitch of the evening to Cardinal Matt Carpenter, who struck out swinging, igniting a roar much louder than the two bombs that rocked the Boston Marathon in April.
“The depth of this roster,” Farrell said, “showed itself time and time again.”
After winning twice in the last 10 years in 2004 in St. Louis and in 2006 in Colorado, Boston finished last in 2012, losing 93 games.
Thus, for the Red Sox becoming world champs again in only a year’s time is like seeing Lazarus rising from the dead all over again.
Just surreal, if not totally unreal.
But then, there they are, the Boston Red Sox, who cradled the legendary Babe Ruth, climbing back to the top of the world. And, yes, they won it at home. At the 101-year-old Fenway Park. The way they did it first in 1918. With Ruth around.
The wait for the second crown has been that long, indeed: 95 years. May all who have seen the first win rest in peace.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on November 03, 2013.