The World Series began on Wednesday night with a blow out win by the Boston Red Sox. The Sox were widely expected to win the series, so the beginning of the best-of-7 set seemed auspicious at best. However, the St. Louis Cardinals came back on Thursday to squeak out a 4-2 win to knot up the ultimate contest for baseball. Then things got wacky.
St. Louis pulled into the lead after a bizarre win on Saturday night. There was no end to the analysis about the game-ending call: Opinion pieces were written as were some obligatory defense of the umps - by the umps, for what it's worth - inquiries. ESPN had the aforementioned 2 different stories on the event, and it even made the front page of CNN.com.
However, Boston took their turn eking out the same supposedly small victory, a 4-2 margin to tie things up once again on Sunday night. And with a defensive showdown in Game 5, won 3-1 by the Red Sox, the World Series was all but over. With Game 6 to be played at Fenway in Boston, there were reports of record prices being set for the city's first chance to witness a championship in a lifetime. The Red Sox famously hadn't won the World Series since 1918, but suddenly find themselves in the spotlight, winning twice in the last 10 years. However, the 2004 championship was a sweep, ending in Game 4 at Busch Stadium, when the Red Sox beat the Cardinals. Most recently, they swept the 2007 World Series against the Colorado Rockies, finishing Game 4 in Denver. Thus, the people of Boston were amped for a closing win at home.
When the Cardinals had trouble with the plane getting them to Boston, it seemed as though things were primed for the Red Sox to close everything down for the season. Game 6 did indeed slam the door on baseball for the year, and Boston did it in near-dominating fashion. In the largest romp of this World Series since Game 1, the Red Sox won their 8th World Series title 6-1, holding the Cardinals scoreless until the seventh inning, at which point Boston was firmly in charge.
Nike sent out their obligatory tweet and the people of Boston celebrated like they hadn't seen this in 100-plus years, which, in a way, they haven't. Congratulations to the Boston Red Sox on winning it all.