Following Halloween, I reflected over the Boston Red Sox’s home triumph in the World Series. This is the Red Sox’s eighth World Series victory, but it
is only their second victory at their beloved home field, the historic Fenway Park, built in 1912. Even though I am a Yankees fan, I was quite impressed by the victory. In the 2013 World Series, the Red Sox poured their hearts out onto the field to beat the St. Louis Cardinals four games to two.
From the World Series, I learned that the Boston Red Sox is a phenomenal baseball franchise, which has now won more World Series in the past ten years than any other team. What makes this year special, however, is the fact that they won at Fenway Park, a place that carries the illustrious legacies of Hall of Fame legends such as Babe Ruth, Jimmie Foxx, and the greatest hitter in the 1940s, first baseman Ted Williams.
Not only did the Red Sox’ home victory showcase the power of Red Sox Nation, but Saturday afternoon the team hosted a wonderful victory parade on Boylston Street in downtown Boston. Fans gathered to celebrate the victory and recount some of the most exciting moments of the Series, like a moment in game one when the Red Sox trailed the Cardinals by two runs. With a grand slam swat by Boston’s infielder Shane Victorino, the Boston Red Sox came all the way back and took the first game of the series.
Last season, the Sox finished in last place in the American League East. During the regular season this year, however, the Red Sox began their journey back to the top with a three game home stint against the Yankees. As their home run hits kept coming, first with David Ortiz and then with Johnny Gomes, the Sox never looked back. They dominated the American League this year with a 97-65 record. What separated the Red Sox talent-wise from the Cardinals was their starting pitcher, John Lackey, and the team’s stellar defensive play. After a rather trying year for the city of Boston, the Red Sox’s victory helped to unite the citizens of Boston in celebration of their wonderful city and epitomized the concept of “Boston Strong.” Despite tragedy earlier this year due to the marathon bombings, the Red Sox have clearly chosen to live by Babe Ruth’s quote, “don’t let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.” I am glad to see that Ruth’s legacy lives on, and I’m sure that Boston will remember this victory for a long time.