Shane Victorino returned to the lineup and made his impact felt, tallying four RBIs to back starting pitcher John Lackey as the Red Sox cruised by the Cardinals, 6-1, in Game 6 to complete Boston's turnaround and win the club's third World Series title since 2004.
David Ortiz was named the World Series Most Valuable Player after the Red Sox beat the Cardinals, 6-1, to clinch their third World Series championship since 2004. Boston's designated hitter batted .688 with a .750 on-base percentage and a 1.188 slugging percentage, bashing two homers and driving in six runs.
Fenway Park hadn't seen a World Series celebration for the home team since 1918. The Red Sox won it on the road in 2004 and '07, accepting the Commissioner's Trophy in front of subdued and disappointed opposing fans. This year, the Red Sox celebrated with their own, adding an obvious festive flavor lacking with the last two.
Commissioner Bud Selig presented the World Series trophy to the Red Sox. Then he presented the Most Valuable Player Award to David Ortiz. And then, as Selig walked across the Fenway Park grass, his joy reflected that of the sellout crowd that was celebrating all around him.
There are no perfect endings after life and limb are lost, but this was the best thing this great American city could hope for Wednesday night. The Red Sox won the 109th World Series, beating the Cardinals in six games, and took the next step in a healing process that followed the Patriots' Day bombings at the Boston Marathon.
It's been a long and winding road for John Farrell from a pitching career shortened by injury through coaching stints in college and the Major Leagues, not to mention his shaky two years managing in Toronto. All that is behind him today. Farrell is the manager of the World Series-winning Red Sox now, finishing his first season in one of Major League Baseball's toughest jobs.
Matt Carpenter didn't look over his shoulder Wednesday night at a celebration 95 years in the making. But the second baseman hopes it's the beginning of a long, hard trip back to a Fall Classic that will end with the Cardinals -- full of youthful contributors, like himself -- jumping in jubilation.