While the experience of playing in new parks is always special, I have yet to find a stadium to replace the emotion I felt playing in
I can still remember the contrasting smells of old beer and new hot dogs as I entered the players' entrance behind the right-field gate. Entering the first aisle I saw, I made my way down toward the field. My eyes were immediately attracted to the
As my teammates arrived we took turns having our picture taken in front of the Monster, traveled above the wall to get a view from the newly created Green Monster seats, and played
Even with two previous championships in the last decade, the Red Sox can now reward their fans in person. It hasn't happened since 1918 and the city wants to celebrate to make up for lost time.
Player of the game
Shane Victorino had been held hitless through the first three games of the Series and was then forced to sit out the fourth and fifth games with lower-back tightness. The rest healed his back and cleared his head. As in the
Michael Wacha pitched around traffic the first two innings, but the Red Sox got to him in the third. With two on and two out Wacha tried to get a fastball inside past
John Lackey lived up to his status as a big-game pitcher. The right-hander concluded his outstanding Series with 62/3 solid innings, scattering nine hits and striking out five. Lackey and the entire Boston staff did a phenomenal job not allowing baseball's best run-producing team to get the clutch hit.
The plan to pitch around a hot hitter can backfire when you aren't able to get the hitters behind him out. The Cardinals walked
Allen Craig can flat-out hit. "What if?" questions are a favorite pastime of baseball and baseball fans. Similarly to
Watching this game felt eerily similar to the Dodgers' NLCS Game 6. We went on the road with our best pitcher on the mound confident we were headed to a Game 7. Instead the Cardinals scored early and often, energizing their crowd, and took all the wind out of our sails.