The Walkoff: Red Sox Complete Improbable Turnaround, Win World Series At Fenway Park

October 31, 2013 3:23 AM
The Walkoff: Red Sox Complete Improbable Turnaround, Win World Series At Fenway Park
" BOSTON (CBS) – More than 38,000 fans paid top dollar to pack themselves inside of Fenway Park on Wednesday night in hopes of seeing the Red Sox win the World Series on their home field for the first time since 1918.

They all got their wish.

In an environment which was frenzied from the first pitch, the Red Sox staked themselves to an early 3-0 lead on a bases-loaded double by Shane Victorino. Lackey allowed just one run in 6 2/3 innings, and the Red Sox were on their way to their eighth World Series title.

The 6-1 win capped off one of the most remarkable turnarounds in sports, with the Red Sox going from last place in 2012 to the top of the baseball world in 2013.

The Key Moment The Cardinals made an announcement in the third inning. It was, simply, “We give up when it comes to trying to retire David Ortiz.”

Michael Wacha intentionally walked the Sox’ DH with Jacoby Ellsbury on second, first base open and one out in the bottom of the third. Considering Ortiz had reached base safely in 16 of his 21 previous plate appearances, it was understandable "

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