BOSTON — At the end of the fourth inning Wednesday night, the Boston Police Department issued a statement reporting that the bars in the Kenmore Square area were filled and telling people without game tickets to leave the area.
The sense of anticipation wasn't lost on a community ready to celebrate the
The early celebration was understandable after the Red Sox pounced on rookie
"There was definitely a madness, a vibe in the place that was pretty special," Lackey said after pitching 62/3 innings.
Lackey earned the distinction of winning a second World Series clincher, equaling his achievement as a rookie with the
"I'll appreciate it a lot more this time," Lackey said. "I was a rookie then and trying to help out and do my best. It was a long time to get back to this point. I'm definitely enjoying it and will appreciate it a lot more."
The Red Sox won their third World Series title in 10 seasons and first under Manager John Farrell.
This Red Sox team carved its niche with a massive makeover starting midway through 2012 that carried over to
Victorino, who sat out Games 4 and 5 because of back stiffness, ripped a three-run double off the
Stephen Drew broke out of a four-for-51 postseason slump with a leadoff home run in the fourth.
"I'm really glad it happened," Drew said. "It was just a matter of time. With these 25 guys, this is what it's about. I couldn't have cared less if I had no hits and played good defense as long as we won this game."
Those collective contributions mirrored what Farrell detected as early as after the
"It's hard for me to put sports over a tragedy like that," Lackey said. "Hopefully, people who were affected by it can forget about it for a few hours, at least."
In Game 6, the Red Sox didn't have to rely on slugger