The St. Louis Cardinals were unable to get revenge on the Boston Red Sox for sweeping them in four games during the 2004 World Series. The Sox beat the Cardinals in six games this year, winning their first World Series title at FenwayPark since 1918.
Despite a disappointing loss in Game 5 that put the Red Sox ahead 3-2, Cardinal Nation was optimistic about Game 6. The late, great Cardinal legend Stan Musial wore the number six on his jersey, so this year’s team paid homage with patches on their jerseys. The Cardinals were in the same situation in October 2011: their opponent (the Texas Rangers) was leading the series 3-2 after Game 5. St. Louis would have to win the series in seven games. Game 6 proved to be a success for the Cardinals after MVP David Freese hit a walk-off homerun in the 11th inning. St. Louis went on to win Game 7 with a score of 6-2 at Busch Stadium, earning the franchise’s 11th World Series trophy.
It pained me to see Red October end the way it did, with a heartbreaking loss in Game 6. The Cardinals were unable to compete with the Red Sox’s intimidating lineup of sluggers like David Ortiz and Shane Victorino. However, the Redbirds were able to keep their heads held high after finishing the season with impressive rookie pitching from Michael Wacha, Shelby Miller and Trevor Rosenthal.
The Cardinals can also relish in the fact that they have more World Series Championships under their belts — three more than Boston, to be exact. Catcher Yadier Molina was awarded his sixth straight Gold Glove award and pitcher Adam Wainwright received his second career Gold Glove. Centerfielder Carlos Beltran won the Roberto Clemente Award for his sportsmanship and community involvement.
In Kansas City, a few young men decided to sport Boston Red Sox jerseys as their Halloween costumes on Thursday, complete with cleats and World Series ring. Their controversial choice of apparel caused some bitter disagreements with other patrons on the patio at Harpo’s. In many ways, their jerseys were more offensive than the Miley Cyrus wannabes stumbling around Westport. At least they didn’t look as ridiculous as the Royals costume spotted at The Foundry.
Without a doubt, the Red Sox deserved the 2013 title. The two best teams in Major League Baseball went head-to-head this October and the better team came out on top. After the devastation caused by the Boston Bombings in April, a World Series title gave the city a reason to celebrate. During the victory parade on Saturday, the Red Sox paid homage to the victims at the Boston Marathon finish line, where Jonny Gomes placed the trophy with a “Boston Strong” jersey draped on top of it.
Cardinal Nation has already begun the countdown to the 2014 season opener in 146 days. Fans anxiously await the sea of red on opening day, eager to begin another successful season. As Team Manager Mike Matheny said, “… winning is a tradition, winning is an expectation.”