The last time the Boston Red Sox clinched the World Series at Fenway Park was in 1918, after clinching the 2004 and 2007 World Series' in Colorado and St. Louis, respectivelly. This was their third championship in ten seasons, showing that they can be a force throughout an extended amount of time. The Cardinals should not worry, however, as they have great young pitching and are bound to be back.
Young pitching is exactly what it states, young, inexperienced pitchers. And, sometimes, a fountain of youth cannot always beat the best veterans. That's what happened in game six. The Cardinals were starting Michael Wacha, who had been brilliant in the postseason, with 27 innings pitched and only allowing three runs. The Red Sox just got to him. In the bottom of the third, Shane Victorino came up with the bases loaded, and delievered. He hit a three-run double of Wacha, tagging the Red Sox an early 3-0 lead. A Stephen Drew homer, and two more RBI Singles (Napoli and Victorino) gave the Red Sox a 6-0 lead. That was a huge reason for this win; being able to get to Wacha early and often.
John Lackey pitched great, getting the win in his second career World Series clincher, pitching the 2002 and now 2013 World Series clinchers. Lackey pitched 6.2 innings, allowing one run on a Beltran RBI Single, and allowing nine hits. The Red Sox bullpen pitched the rest of the game, not allowing a base-hit.
David Ortiz won MVP of the 2013 World Series, hitting 11-for-16 (.668) with 2 HR and 6 RBI. He played a huge role once again in the World Series providing the pop the Red Sox needed in the series. In game six, Ortiz went 0-for-1 with four walks, and two runs scored. His fantastic play really gave the Red Sox a huge advantage.
All in all, the Red Sox and Cardinals played a great series, a series that will be remembered for a very long time. Every game held its own theme and did a good job keep these fans engaged. I predicted the Red Sox to win this series in seven games, but from a baseball fan's perspective, this was a very good series and one that was very unique and very special.