I asked my baseball crazed boyfriend to write a post about the World Series. I’ve been writing heavily on baseball in the past week because of the World Series and the Washington Nationals signing a new manager: Matt Williams. Neither Matt or I have an affiliation with the Boston Red Sox or the St. Louis Cardinals (thank God), but we love baseball. I’d argue that after reading parts of this he could be a Red Sox fan, who knows…it’s probably just all of the excitement of the World Series and a big win for Boston. Congrats on your big win, Boston! You deserved it! #bostonstrong. Matt blogs on his own time and this entry is posted up on his blog as well. Check out his blog.
it’s okay to let your inner Bostonian out because the Red Sox are the 2013 World Series champions!
Let me start off first by saying PAPPPPPPPPPPPIIIIIII!!!!!!!! Now that I’ve gotten that out of the way, I would like to congratulate the Boston Red Sox aka God’s Team aka the Boston Ryan Goslings (props to if you know where that is from) on winning the 2013 Major League Baseball World Series. This is the third time since 2004 that the Red Sox have won the World Series and what a World Series this was. Plus, who doesn’t love burly and bushy beards? I mean, I’ve always wanted to grow a beard as long as Mike Napoli’s. Now that takes skill.
For example, this World Series featured two firsts: Game 4 ended on an obstruction call, with the Cardinals coming out victorious and Game 5 ended by pinch runner Kolten Wong being picked off first base to end the game. If those two things don’t shed some light on how insane this World Series was, then you need to check your pulse.
Another example of this crazy World Series focuses in on one player particularly with that player being David “Big Papi” Ortiz. This man was a freak in the World Series after playing poorly in the American League Championship Series. In the ALCS, Papi batted an abysmal .083 with two hits in 22 at-bats. During the World Series, Papi went 11-for-16 and reached base 19 times in 25 plate appearances. That’s absurd. He hit two home runs and drove in six RBIs in the World Series and in Game 6, Ortiz went 0-for-1 with two runs scored and four walks.
One interesting fact about the Red Sox was that while Ortiz was hitting the cover off the ball, the rest of the team was batting a mere .169 in the World Series. Two dark horse offensive players for the Red Sox were Shane Victorino and Jonny Gomes. In Game 4 with the score tied 1-1 in the sixth inning, Gomes hit a clutch, three-run home run to give the Red Sox the victory. In Game 6, Victorino hit a bases-loaded double to put the Red Sox up 3-0 in the third. If you recall in Game 6 of the ALCS, Victorino hit a grand slam to give the Red Sox the victory over the Detroit Tigers and propel the Red Sox into the World Series. Now that’s clutch.
The one thing that really kept the Red Sox in each game was their pitching, especially Jon Lester and Koji Uehara. In two starts, Lester went 2-0 with a 0.59 ERA, allowing one run in 15.1 innings and striking out 15. At the end of the games for the Red Sox, Uehara was a dominant stopper. In five games, Uehara had two saves and struck out three. He made some big outs and got the final out of the Game 6 victory last night.
For me, postseason baseball is what October is all about. When I think October baseball, I think World Series and I think about listening to Joe Buck and Tim McCarver. Baseball is my passion and that passion is expressed even more during October. It’s not about the teams that are in the World Series, because we all know that my favorite team, the Chicago Cubs, won’t make the World Series for at least five more years, but it’s all about the game of baseball itself. It’s played with more heart and more feeling because each game means so much more. Each game is one step closer to advancing to the next round or packing up your bags and waiting for the next season to begin.
So now that the World Series is officially over, that marks the end of the 2013 baseball season. It’s sad. But on the bright side, there’s only 104 days until pitchers and catchers report for Spring Training in 2014!
So here’s to the 2013 season and here’s to the offseason! May your team sign some great free agents, but no free agents that the Cubs are connected too. That wouldn’t be very nice at all, would it?