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Red Sox crowned 2013 World Series champions after 6-1 Game 6 victory over Cardinals

Oct 30, 2013, 11:23 PM EDT

The Red Sox are World Series champions, and they’re celebrating that accomplishment in front of their hometown fans for the first time since 1918.

Red Sox starter John Lackey battled through a bit of early shakiness to deliver 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball and the inspired Boston offense pounded rookie sensation Michael Wacha in a 6-1 Game 6 win over the visiting Cardinals on Wednesday night at a jam-packed and now-champagne-soaked Fenway Park.

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Lackey surrendered nine hits and a walk and the Cardinals seemed to make hard contact off him all night, but the St. Louis offense failed yet again to drive runners in. Junichi Tazawa, Brandon Workman and Koji Uehara combined to close it out.

The heroes on offense for the Red Sox were Shane Victorino, who opened the game’s scoring with a three-run double in the bottom of the third, and Stephen Drew, who emerged from his prolonged postseason slump to slug a solo home run in the fourth. Victorino — a sudden fan favorite in Boston — also had an RBI single.

It’s the third World Series championship for the Red Sox since 2004.

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Team of the century? They certainly have a nice head start.

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  1. billhicks666 - Oct 30, 2013 at 11:55 PM

    What an exclamation point this season has been for what a total waste of space Bobby Valentine is! He has to be sitting at home right now, watching the festivities at Fenway, and just saying, “Crap….”

  2. dkphilly1122 - Oct 31, 2013 at 12:01 AM

    Congrats to Boston and my boy, Victorino!! Boston deserved and earned this title.

  3. misterj167 - Oct 31, 2013 at 12:03 AM

    Meanwhile, on ESPN:

    “It’s still not over for the Nationals…”

    • maikoch - Oct 31, 2013 at 12:05 AM

      Yes, but what do Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods think?

      • bender4700 - Oct 31, 2013 at 12:25 AM

        Or Dez Bryant?

        *they spent more time talking about what an asshole did instead of what the amazing end to the game*

  4. alan3008 - Oct 31, 2013 at 12:07 AM

    Congratulations Boston for your win.

    But, ho-hum, Boston buys another World Series title. What else is new? Baseball is severely broken with all these teams spending so much in salaries, while the average family of four can hardly afford to go to a game anymore. Boston’s team salary is $158.9 million, St. Louis, $117.7 million. The NYY’s is $229 million and Houston’s is $25 million- yep, A-rod makes more than the entire Houston team. There is no parity and it is killing baseball. This is one major reason why the NFL is more popular now than baseball. Houston will probably never win a World Series. Thank God the penatly tax for being over the cap next year is 50% for teams that have been over the cap for over three years in a row. That would be the Yankees.

    • bender4700 - Oct 31, 2013 at 12:29 AM

      NYY, Boston, STL choose to spend. Houston chooses to spend $25.

      Huge difference.

      You are correct, low budget markets are struggling, but the Astros are not a small market, and are capable of spending a lot.

      Plus, look at the Angels payroll, and where they finished the last couple years. Not all high dollar teams win.

      Oakland has constantly been in the playoffs, they just can’t get over the hump in the playoffs. Their payroll is near the Astros. Tampa Bay as well.

      So your argument only goes so far, the A’s and Rays pretty much prove teams can have small payrolls but still win.

      • alan3008 - Oct 31, 2013 at 12:34 AM

        First, all of those that are giving my initial comment a thumbs-down are idiots. True, teams that have the highest payrolls do not always win. But it gives them a MUCH BETTER CHANCE to to go all the way. A salary cap should be just that, a CAP. No team should be allowed to go over it.

      • bender4700 - Oct 31, 2013 at 12:42 AM

        Then explain the Rays and A’s 2 of the 4 AL teams.

        You are trying to argue from the Moneyball angle, but ignoring the fact 2 of the lowest payroll teams were in the playoffs, and went down fighting.

        The fact is, NY, Boston, LAA, LAD, STL, and others WANT to win, so they spend. You going to tell me Houston, (LARRRRGE market) can’t spend? They choose not to. they still charge A LOT for tickets, concessions, and other things. Miami as well. Small market? Broke? No. They CHOOSE to spend less. Spending is their job. They will also suffer the consequences for breaking the cap rules. But the fact is, your point is accurate but not really that strong. Salary cap enforcement is good, but Tampa and Oakland really fly in the face of that.

        What you should be arguing for is higher minimum salary ceiling. The NFL is succeeding because teams HAVE to spend. If the Marlins and Astros were forced to spend more, they’d win more. Those teams don’t get free agents because they 1. won’t get the deal, 2. won’t win because the owners don’t care. Several MLB, and NBA teams worry more about profit than winning. Fix them. Don’t blame the winners.

        Look at the Royals, for years one of the worst ownership groups in sports period and it was because everytime a player got good enough to demand a multi million dollar deal they sent him somewhere else. Some kid throwing in LA, Greinke i think, that name comes to mind.

        You are just entirely too stubborn, and calling people idiots isn’t going to help.

    • theskinsman - Oct 31, 2013 at 6:09 AM

      Congrats to the best team in MLB, the Red Sox!!

      The yanks spent 229 million..and if you looked at the final AL East standings on the outfield wall at Fenway ,ended up in 4th place.

    • arnold211 - Oct 31, 2013 at 9:57 AM

      Do your research, Although your team salaries are correct Cardinals active roster was around $76M given they had close to $30M in payroll that never saw the field the entire year and another $10M out due to other factors. Average salary of their WS roster was around $3.8M with many of them making an average of $500K. Point is that you can build a solid team (Oakland, Pit) IF your team’s managment does their job from scouting and drafting to coaching. Don’t hate on other teams for doing the job your managment can’t or doesn’t seem able to do.

    • mjdkid100 - Oct 31, 2013 at 12:06 PM

      Houston was in the World Series within the last 8 years…

  5. pgilbert2013 - Oct 31, 2013 at 12:13 AM

    St. Louis you have an amazing team and I’m sure you’ll be right back in the dance next season. Detroit, your team rocks as well.

    This post season was crazy great. Congrats to all you guys. As for the Yankees kiss our congrats on stealing Arod from us… You really got us, you sneaks ;-)

    • bender4700 - Oct 31, 2013 at 12:34 AM

      It was really fun, the 4 best teams in the AL battling it out. Tigers in 14! :D

  6. raysfan1 - Oct 31, 2013 at 12:14 AM

    Congratulations, Red Sox Nation! (My guys are looking to supplant you next year though!)

  7. cardsfan773 - Oct 31, 2013 at 12:18 AM

    Gotta hand it to the fellas in Beantown. Hell of a win. Ortiz dominated this WS. Hope for a rematch in 2014.

  8. pastabelly - Oct 31, 2013 at 12:19 AM

    Just a fun team to root for all year long.

  9. bostonstrongest - Oct 31, 2013 at 12:23 AM

    alan3008 take Moneyball out of your DVD player. The Red Sox straight up played to win. End of story.

    • alan3008 - Oct 31, 2013 at 12:30 AM

      They BOUGHT THE WORLD SERIES.

      • bender4700 - Oct 31, 2013 at 12:33 AM

        Yeah, it’s called good management.

        The Rays were on the verge of the ALCS. They spend a fraction of what the Red Sox pay.

      • alan3008 - Oct 31, 2013 at 12:36 AM

        True, good management helps, and if you have outstanding pitching, you also have a chance.

      • bender4700 - Oct 31, 2013 at 12:46 AM

        Which the Sox have. They traded to get Peavy. Pretty good move on the GM’s part. They dumped the high dollar guys on LA, and got better guys. Still spending, but to win you have to.

        So saying Boston paid for this title, is only half the truth. They paid for their championship, which is what their job is to do. Owners have a responsibility to spend and put a good product on the field. $8 beers, high ticket prices, $40 parking. They owe it to the people they are taking a lot of money from. Houston included. Difference is Boston gives their fans World Series victory, Houston gives their fans another off season to say “This year we do it”.

      • heat256 - Oct 31, 2013 at 8:58 AM

        Alan,

        Are you Mike Metheny?

      • psousa1 - Oct 31, 2013 at 9:12 AM

        Exactly who did they buy Professor? Gomes? Victorino? Napoli? Koji? Every single team in MLB had the resources to sign them. They are not breaking the bank on any of them. Gomes – two year deal. Napoli – one year deal. Victorino – 3 year deal (they are giving him 13mil per but a smart thinking GM knows you can overpay a little on short term deals because those are easier to trade if needed). Koji – Didn’t spend and real $ (in baseball economics) there.

        And all of them were responsible for winning post season games. When Theo Epstein wanted to play fantasy baseball and sign every free agent is what ruined that team.

      • mornelithe - Oct 31, 2013 at 12:07 PM

        They shed a quarter of a billion in 3 contracts (and Nick Punto), and resigned ~110 million in shorter term, low risk, high reward contracts. How’s that buying a world series?

  10. redsoxchamp11 - Oct 31, 2013 at 12:26 AM

    I am eating chicken wings drinking beer and saying eff you right now! champs. make the last two years seem like ages ago.

  11. delusionalcardsfan - Oct 31, 2013 at 12:55 AM

    Yeah,yeah!

  12. bigwii - Oct 31, 2013 at 1:17 AM

    So good So good! Bring on the Duck Boats

  13. Jack Marshall - Oct 31, 2013 at 1:19 AM

    Easily my favorite of the Red Sox teams since the wonderful 1967 kids. ’75, ’86, ’04 and ’07 had their share of jerks and prima donnas, but this team was full of team players, great guys. The Red Sox never repeat, and magic teams always fall apart—if history holds, this team won’t be back in 2014, but who cares tonight? This was one to cherish. Great job, team, You made me proud to be a loyal fan.

  14. jhaegs - Oct 31, 2013 at 1:37 AM

    Good series Boston- congrats on the win. Nice to see a team perform for its city after it suffers a tragedy…

    Thanks for the good times, Cardinals! Clean up a few positions in need of some help, hit the batting cages, and we’ll see you in Jupiter next year. We were the second best team his year- can’t hate you for that.

    BIRDS!!!

  15. RE LEE - Oct 31, 2013 at 2:01 AM

    Red Sox is my team but I would like to say thank you to the cards and the tigers for being such worthy competitors. They are great and classy teams.—-

  16. owentheblonde - Oct 31, 2013 at 7:16 AM

    Congrats to Boston and their fans. The Sox were the better team this time. And timely, quality pitching beat our usually-good timely hitting. At least we put some pressure on a couple of times after falling way behind last night. We couldn’t cash in but we kept trying. Anyway, It’s great to see the fans get to celebrate at Fenway. It was a fun and memorable Series. I’d love to see a rematch next year but a lot of very good teams will have plenty to say about that. Enjoy!

  17. rogerbrad - Oct 31, 2013 at 8:52 AM

    BOSTON GREAT! BOSTON GREAT!

    This shows the resilience of an American city. From a terrorist attack at the Boston Marathon to the winning the World Series, I’m very proud to have been station at the Boston Shipyard in the early ’70′s. It was a great city then, it’s a great city now!!!

    • 2jivecrew - Oct 31, 2013 at 10:53 AM

      Oh shut up. The bombing has absolutely nothing to do with your baseball team……with a roster containing only one player who’s actually from the New England area. Stop trying to co-opt a completely unrelated terror attack to make it about your stupid baseball team. You people tried doing that for the Bruins too……guess they weren’t “Boston Strong” enough.

  18. sportsdrenched - Oct 31, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    I guess Congrats are in order for the Red Sox and their fans. It’s what happens when everything works together. A meshing of sabremetrics, actual scouting, and the money to facilitate all of it, and players making plays when it matters.

    Now I’m going to stair out this window and wait for spring.

  19. shaggylocks - Oct 31, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    In case you needed anymore reason to roll your eyes at the very mention of Dan Shaughnessy’s name, go back and check out his February preview of the 2013 Red Sox: http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2013/02/24/hard-get-excited-about-these-red-sox/GQ5hTjgKOg6MI3gxDOJQWJ/story.html

  20. ironmd778 - Oct 31, 2013 at 11:32 AM

    Boy there are some real low life losers on here.

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