When the Red Sox were in the heat of midseason baseball I began writing this blog, focusing on Boston itself. By the time their season had wound up in October I shifted my blogs’ interest towards mainly Boston sports. The Red Sox worked hard for seven months to achieve their goal of winning a World Series.
I’ve worked on this blog now for four months and I would like to say thank you to my followers for providing interesting feedback and giving me their honest input. I wrote this blog for Boston sports fans who watch as much as they can, and when they cant, I can get you up to speed.
Now it is time to say goodbye for now, best of luck to all Boston sports teams, and to all the viewers/followers of this blog. Stay Strong.
With 2013 coming to an end, it’s time, for most, to look back and celebrate. But in Boston the mentality of sports fans is very much “What have you done for me lately” type of deal. So with that, I look ahead to the promising year of 2014, and what may be in store for all four Boston sports franchises’.
1. David Ortiz: Mr. Clutch batted .733 in the postseason
2. John Lackey: Won Game 6 to clinch the World Series
3. Dustin Pedroia: Gold glove performance defensively in the postseason
4. Jon Lester: The Ace of the Red Sox, Game 1 winner
5. Koji Uehara: The dominant closer who did not blow a save in the entire postseason.
6. Jacoby Ellsbury: A strong defensive presence in the outfield and a terror on the base path
7. Junichi Tazawa: The set-up man for Koji, shut down the 8th inning throughout the postseason.
8. Jonny Gomes: Emotional and spiritual force that came up clutch with a 3 run HR in the World Series.
9. Shane Victorino: The World Series winning Grad Slam in Game 6
10. Clay Buchholz: Best record in regular season, gutsy injured performance in Game 3.
Champagne bottles pop, beer cans are thrown, and headgear is worn. This is the celebration postgame after the Red Sox clinched the AL East for the first time since 2007. The players wearing exitement on their sleeves and letting the years hard work go for only one night. They know the easy part is over, now comes the playoffs, three series against the division rival Tampa Bay Rays, facing raining MVP David Price twice. Followed by the Detroit Tigers, which boasted the seasons best pitching rotation all year long including Cy Young winner Max Scherzer. Then the finale against the St. Louis Cardinals and their loyal-to-the-grave fan base.
How does this postseason begin? An offensive explosion by The Boston Red Sox, who out scored the usually dominat defensive Rays 26-12 in four games. Riding a title wave of emotion (and champane once again) the Red Sox turned their attention towards another dominant pitching rotation, the Detroit Tigers. The first game of the series couldn’t have gone any worse. The final was 1-0 Detroit and the Boston bats which exploded in the previous series were silenced to one single hit from Daniel Nava in the 9th inning. The Sox went on to trade wins with the Tigers in what seemed to be a one run game every single night. Eventually the heroics of David Ortiz, Shane Victorino, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia were too clutch for the Tigers who lost in six games. David Ortiz was the godfather of this team and the team captain. He went to war for his brothers every game doing the best he could so his team could win. Nicknamed Mr. Clutch for his postseason performances David Ortiz was equally as friendly and chatty with the opposition. Throughout all three series’ Ortiz could be seen chatting it up with Cardinals outfielder Carlos Beltran during batting practice, or hitting greats Prince Fielder and Miguel Cabrera before game 1 against Detroit. And he was often chatting with the captain of St. Louis Yadier Molina while Ortiz was playing first base.
Duck boats paraded down Boylston Street spraying confete while David Ortiz sings off-key to his favorite rap songs, Dropkick Murphy’s close in tow. A celebration for the ages. Champagne and beer cans once again made an appearance as the Red Sox brought home Bostons’ eighth title in a decade, their third since ’04. The road to success is never easy and this is no exception. The Red Sox faced the best opposition baseball could offer and came out on top. The story of a true champion.