By Tyler Phillips
After a World Series of six hard fought games against the St. Louis Cardinals, the Boston Red Sox have emerged victorious as the 2013 champions of Major League Baseball. The Sox outfought their competition to win the series by a total of four games to the Cardinal’s two.
Although the Redbirds were able to compile consecutive wins in games two and three of the series, the Sox quickly rebounded with a winning streak of three overpowering performances to take the victory.
In the grand scheme of the series, Boston outscored St. Louis by more than five runs in two of their four victories. More impressively, this championship marks the Red Sox’s third World Series title in the last nine years; Boston has now successfully reached the prize in 2004, 2007 and 2013.
Amidst the celebration over Boston’s success in the last decade, further affirmation is clear. The 86 year-long Red Sox World Series drought, known to followers of the game as “The Curse of the Bambino,” is indisputably lifted and a part of the franchise’s past.
In fact, this title also stands as the first time the team has secured the championship on their home field since the curse began in 1918. Boston’s rapid acquisition of World Series titles is a near mirror of the team’s dominant status before the onset of the curse, and a positive indication of the Sox’s direction in the future.
Red Sox veteran slugger David Ortiz, who maintained a .688 batting average with two home runs during the Series, was named the Series MVP after Boston’s win in game six. Despite the honor and praise being paraded in his direction, Ortiz was quick to divert the attention to a more significant matter.
In his post victory interview, Ortiz dedicated the victory to the city of Boston in light of the Boston Marathon bombing earlier this year. “This is for you and all of those families who struggled after the bombings earlier this year,”Ortiz declared. “This is for all of you”(sports.yahoo.com). Despite the hardships presented to the city through the severe misfortune of the bombing, it can be certain that Boston has been given a new moment of celebration.