David Ortiz and the Boston Red Sox romped to their third World Series championship in 10 seasons, thumping October ace Michael Wacha and the St. Louis Cardinals 6-1 last night in Game 6. Shane Victorino drove in four runs and John Lackey pitched shutout ball into the seventh inning as the Red Sox clinched a crown on their own field for the first time since 1918.
Fenway Park was rollicking, with the crowd standing from the very first pitch. Victorino lined a three-run double off the Green Monster in the third, and the cheers, chants, and singing of "Sweet Caroline" only got louder after that. Many fans paid more than $1,000 (and some much more) per ticket for the night, eager to be part of an in-house celebration that had been building for nearly a century. Ortiz drew four walks and scored twice. He reached base a whopping 19 times in 25 plate appearances. "This is for you, Boston. You guys deserve it," said the Series MVP, who also spoke to the city a week after the Marathon attack. "We've been through a lot this year, and this is for all of you and all those families who struggled."