The 2013 World Series wrapped up Wednesday night as the Boston Red Sox beat the St. Louis Cardinals, 6-1. MLB Network Radio brought you onto the field and inside the clubhouse at Fenway Park during Boston’s celebration.
Before the 2013 Red Sox, the 1991 Minnesota Twins were the only team in the history of the sport to go from last place in their division one season, to World Series champion the next. Boston also clinched their first World Series at the historic Fenway Park since 1918. Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington, who joined the club in 2011, told Jim Duquette and Jim Bowden the personalities in the clubhouse were the difference this season. He attributed much of the success to Red Sox first-year manager John Farrell.
“Last offseason and in spring training, all (Farrell) talked about was keeping the focus on the field, making the most important thing the game that night, making sure we were the most prepared team,” Cherington said. “We had some guys come into Boston this year that wanted to be in Boston but we also had a lot of guys coming back who are really good players…who wanted to prove to people that the last couple years isn’t what they were about.”
Farrell, who was traded to the Red Sox after spending two seasons as the Blue Jays manager, handed the ball to starting pitcher John Lackey for Game 6. The 2013 season was one of redemption for Lackey; coming off Tommy John surgery and the infamous chicken-and-beer accusations, Lackey proved in the clinching game he’s still a big-game pitcher. Farrell was excited to see how the Fenway crowd reacted when Lackey exited after 6 2/3 innings.
“To not overlook the innings of work he put in tonight,” Farrell told Duquette and Bowden, “but more importantly the reception he received when he came off the field. It’s been a challenging couple years for him and his turnaround mirrors that of the organization. He made two great starts, he pitched out of the bullpen in a key spot, he did everything we could have asked.”
In the champagne celebration after the game, Lackey told Casey Stern how exciting it was to clinch the World Series at Fenway Park.
“The environment in this place was unbelievable,” Lackey said. “Fenway Park, such a historical place, to do what we did here, pretty awesome. I’ve always had confidence in myself, that’s why I’m still pitching 12 years deep.”
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