The 2013 World Series has finally come to an end. In what looked like an evenly-matched series that was likely to go seven games, the Boston Red Sox took down the St. Louis Cardinals in six games and became the first Red Sox team since 1918 to clinch a World Series title at home.
Now that the series is wrapped up, many questions will arise for both teams in the offseason. Whether it’s re-signing a top player, pondering future lineup and rotation options or just thinking about next year, each team has a lot of work to do to get back to the October Classic once again in 2014.
Okay, so that’s a long way away right now and we should be praising the Red Sox for being the best team in baseball and taking down the Cardinals with relative ease in recent games — so that’s what we will do.
Heading into the playoffs, it was unknown as to who would become the team’s hero. Now that the playoffs are over and done with, who has been that guy?
The real answer is not so easy. This team has been so impressive that a new hero has emerged each and every game. Sure David Ortiz owned the World Series this season and will take home MVP honors, but his .688 average was just a brick in the wall of victory for this team.
While Ortiz is one pick for hero, you can’t forget Shane Victorino who has been extremely clutch, hitting some game-winning homers, including the one that send the Sox to the World Series over the Detroit Tigers.
If Shane is a hero, then so is Jon Lester. He was 4-1 in these playoffs with a 1.56 ERA and 29 strikeouts in 34 innings. Okay, since Lester might be the best pitcher, there were no other pitching heroes, right? Wrong. John Lackey helped the Red Sox clinch the title on Wednesday night with a dazzling one-run performance and a 2.77 ERA and three postseason victories.
We can’t forget Koji Uehara the sensational closer for the Sox. It was extremely special to see the 38-year-old closer excel in his fourth season in the league with a 0.66 ERA and seven saves in the playoffs.
When you ask for the hero of this playoffs run, it can’t simply be answered with one guy’s name. This was the epitome of a team effort.
Well done, Boston.