The Boston Red Sox are World Seires champions.
The Sox completed a 4-2 series win over the St. Louis Cardinals with a 6-1 win on Wednesday night.
"This is for you, Boston. You guys deserve it,” said David Ortiz, the Series MVP. “We’ve been through a lot this year and this is for all of you and all those families who struggled.”
For the first time since Babe Ruth’s team back in 1918, Boston won the title at Fenway Park. The 101-year-old stadium, oldest in the majors, was packed with 38,447 singing, shouting fans anticipating a celebration more than a lifetime in the making.
“Maybe they won’t have to go another 95 years,” said John Farrell, a champion in his first season as Boston’s manager.
Shane Victorino, symbolic of these resilient Sox, returned from a stiff back and got Boston rolling with a three-run double off the Green Monster in the third inning on a 93 mph fastball from rookie sensation Michael Wacha. Pumped with emotion, Victorino pounded his chest with both fists three times.
John Lackey became the first pitcher to start and win a Series clincher for two different teams, allowing one run over 6 2-3 innings 11 years after his Game 7 victory as an Angels rookie in 2002.
Associated Press contributed parts of this story