2013 World Series: 5 Reasons Why The Boston Red Sox Won
Here Are 5 Reasons The Boston Red Sox Are Champions
For the first time in 95 years, the Boston Red Sox were able to win the World Series at Fenway Park. It truly made for a historic moment in sports and it is a scene that Boston fans will never forget. The St. Louis Cardinals were a really great team and have always been very dangerous in October. Boston fought and did whatever it took to beat a very talented opponent.
There are a lot of reasons why Boston was able to win this World Series. The offense of St. Louis really never showed up for the entire series. The clutch moments and the big hits that they are notoriously known for producing never happened. Michael Wacha, who St. Louis was really counting on to come up big in Game 6, basically fell apart for the first time in his professional career. Adam Wainwright also lost twice. It has to be asked that what if St. Louis had a healthy Chris Carpenter who is one of the big-game pitchers of this generation. He potentially could have been a difference maker.
As stated before, this was one of the most entertaining and exciting World Series to come along in quite some time and some of the endings were moments that will forever be remembered in baseball history. Hopefully Kolten Wong will be able to put his mistake behind him and have a good, long and productive career. Now that the baseball season is over, here is one more Friday Night Five World Series style about five big reasons why the Red Sox won. Enjoy.
5. John Lackey And His Season Of Redemption
John Lackey came up big in his two starts. His first start was better than his Game 6 start but he pitched extremely well, only giving up four runs in 14 innings. He even pitched a quality inning in relief. He has gone from one of the most hated players to a man who probably never has to pay for a meal in Boston ever again.
4. The Untouchable Koji Uehara
Koji Uehara was again absolutely untouchable throughout this series. Having a closer who is completely in the zone makes the ninth inning that much more calm and shortens a game. The Cardinals didn't stand a chance against him. Two saves, no earned runs, no walks. Unbelievable. To think he was the third choice to be their closer.
3. Timely Hitting When It Mattered Most
Boston didn't hit much, but someone always came up with the big hit when it mattered. Whether or not it was David Ross or Jonny Gomes or Shane Victorino, there was always a Red Sox player that came through when they needed it most. That is a quality that St. Louis never had during this series.
2. Jon Lester Returning As An Ace
Jon Lester was completely dominant and has probably established himself once again as an ace. He had two wins, a 0.59 earned run average, struck out 15 batters and walked one. If you have your No. 1 starter on a roll in October, that can carry a team a very long way towards a championship run.
1. The Man They Call Cooperstown, David Ortiz
Who else but David Ortiz. Not only was he hitting an eye-popping .688, and not only was he flawless in the field during the games in St.Louis, he proved to be the emotional leader of this team. During Game 4 just when Boston seemed at its lowest, Ortiz brought the team together and inspired them to play better. It wasn't on the field but that may have been the turning point of the series. He deserved to be the World Series MVP. That move that he did reminded me of someone like a Willie Stargell, a true team leader.
So there it is, five big reasons the Boston Red Sox won. Now that baseball season is over, it is time to reflect on what a special year it really was for Boston.