Boston Red Sox World Series Champions – MLB BaseballThursday, October 31, 2013 8:40
The Boston Red Sox are the first team in the new millennium to win three World Series titles.
Boston Red Sox World Series Bliss
For the third time in a decade, the Boston Red Sox are World Series Champs.
Whether you consider that a dynasty or not (some pundits I watched last night deemed the Red Sox such), that run is an amazing coda to the 86-year drought that haunted Boston for decades.
Indeed, as a Red Sox fan, it is almost hard to believe that one once wondered if the Red Sox would ever win another World Series what with the surfeit of riches that have since been accumulated.
Each sport’s championship has its own unique texture that defines the play on the field and colors the memory of each individual run to the title. The Super Bowl delivers pure spectacle, bigger than life, on which all eyes of a nation are focused. The NBA Finals thrives on the one-on-one competition, the achievements of individual superstars. The Stanley Cup playoffs scorch with unparalleled moment-to-moment intensity that somehow augments if and when the games reach overtime.
The World Series? Near-mythic history. The conclusion of an arduously long road, as much as 182 games, with less playoff teams than any other sport. The potential drama of any given at-bat in which the course of the game or even the series can instantly change, the only sport in which no game is ever over until its truly over.
A Homeric epic just as likely to end in Shakespearean tragedy as championship bliss.
The Red Sox have stood on both sides of that equation.
Baseball is a team sport, and the Red Sox exhibited the ultimate team effort in 2013. In as bizarre a World Series as we’ve seen in recent memory, Big Papi may have carried the squad with an unbelievable offensive display, but whenever the situation called for it, each and every player stood up and delivered. The Flyin’ Hawaiian. The Laser Show. Lackey, Buchholz Lester. Koji.
The Beards say it all.
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