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Red Sox Win World Series!

October 31st, 2013

Boston Red Sox winning 2013 World Series. Photo licensed: AP/Matt Slocum

The Boston Red Sox won baseball’s World Series last night! It was the first time in almost a century that they won it at their home stadium, Fenway Park.

In anticipation of a possible win at home, “standing room only” tickets went for $700 for last night’s game!

They beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4 games to 2 in the best of 7 game series. David Ortiz (aka Big Papi) was named the most valuable player (MVP) with the second highest batting average in World Series history, according to Time magazine.

The win was especially sweet because the Red Sox were literally in LAST place last year. They went from being last to best — an amazing turnaround, especially given that it was mostly the same players.

What made the difference? Some credit will likely go to their new manager, John Farrell, who has a reputation for being even-keeled and calm. He replaced the more fiery and controversial Bobby Valentine.

Others will give some credit to the long, scraggly beards most of the players grew that seemed to unite their team beyond facial hair.  The Bleecher Report even ranked the beards.

This win may also give momentum to the Red Sox who have now won three World Series championships in the last ten years (2004 and 2007 on the road) … but prior to that many considered the Red Sox to be cursed.

Red Sox in 1916 with Babe Ruth. Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

The Red Sox are one of the oldest franchises in baseball history but had a long stretch from 1918 – 2004 when they hadn’t won a World Series. When they did have chances to win, they lost in spectacular fashion. Some believed they were cursed for trading Babe Ruth to the Yankees. It became known as the “Curse of the Bambino”. The Red Sox had won 5 World Series before they traded him, more than any other team. After that they didn’t win any (until the past few years).  The Yankees on the other hand went on to win 26 World Series after Babe Ruth was traded to them, forging a baseball dynasty. The curse seems to be over to the relief of many fans.

This victory for the Boston Red Sox also goes beyond baseball. It was a momentous and symbolic comeback for the city of Boston itself after the tragic bombings at the Boston Marathon earlier this year.

There was a lot to celebrate in Boston last night.

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