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.