BOSTON — Ninety-five years later, Fenway Park got to host another Red Sox championship celebration.
David Ortiz, Shane Victorino and the rest of the Red Sox delivered Boston a third title in the past decade with a 6-1 win over St. Louis in a decisive Game 6 of the World Series on Wednesday night.
Fenway was rollicking, with the crowd standing from the very first pitch. Slumping Victorino lined a three-run double off the Green Monster in the third, and the cheers, chants and singing only got louder after that.
Ortiz drew walks his first three times up, along with thunderous cries of “MVP! MVP!” He also scored twice, having reached base a whopping 18 times in 23 plate appearances.
John Lackey worked around six hits in blanking the Cardinals until they broke through in the seventh. Both he and the Red Sox were no strangers to crowns.
Lackey became the first pitcher to start and win a World Series clincher for two different teams, having led the Angels past Barry Bonds and the Giants in Game 7 in 2002 as a rookie.
Stephen Drew hit a solo home run that someone in a Red Sox jacket caught in the bullpen. Mike Napoli, back in the lineup with Ortiz returning to the DH slot, hit an RBI single into the “B Strong” cutout in the grass that pays tribute to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.
In all, a festive night for this bunch of bearded Bostonians under first-year John Farrell. The Red Sox joined the 1991 Minnesota Twins as the only teams to win the World Series a year after finishing in last place.
Boston battered Cardinals rookie Michael Wacha, who had brilliant on the mound all October. The 22-year-old had been 4-0 with a 1.00 ERA in the postseason before getting tagged by Victorino with the bases loaded in the third.
The party kicked into full gear after that.