Boston Strong Red Sox to win it all

A little more than six months after the Boston bombing, the city as well as the citizens of Boston have shown that they truly are Boston Strong. The Red Sox have made it into the World Series and in no way are they going to go down without a fight. The series has gone back and forth with some very unforgettable plays that will go down in MLB history. 

I have been a Red Sox fan my whole life and just like my favorite football team, the Broncos; it has been a great year to be a sports fan. People like to talk about “the bandwagon” idea and I personally have been told many times that I probably only like them because they are doing so well this year. I would say that any fan that stayed a fan through the year of Bobby Valentine as manager deserves to join in the celebrations of this great season. With a manager that actually knows how to manage with an amazing line up, Boston fans knew this year would be better than the past few. 

It is hard to think that any Boston team could be better than the combination of Terry Francona, Jason Varitek, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia, Kevin Youkilis, Jonathan Papelbon, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Jon Lester, Clay Buchholz, and Josh Beckett, but the 2013 line up has taken that Boston love even farther. 

My family has the MLB Ticket at home so all summer we have the games on almost every night. Coming back to Brookings in the fall is always hard because I get so used to watching my team after work at night, not having constant access to the games is aggravating. The World Series however, is obviously televised. 

The five games so far have been entertaining and controversial… well to some degree anyway. The first game was, in my opinion, a blowout. Wednesday Oct. 23 we (The Red Sox) won the game 8-1 showing the St. Louis Cardinals that we are a team that they shouldn’t mess with. A much closer second game fell to the Cardinals 4-2 as well as Game three. The ending of game three is one that most people will be talking about for a long time. A single call at the end of the game and I lost my voice screaming at the TV. For those that missed the end of the game, I would suggest looking it up online because it is almost too atrocious to believe.  

The final seconds of the game, which was at that point, tied 4-4 in the bottom of the ninth inning, came down to a single call. Obstruction is a rule that I was unaware of before this play. This is a rule that makes sense, but I just hate to see a World Series game end in obstruction. I won’t go into all the little details of this play but from my view, Allen Craig was attempting to run from third to home, but tripped over a Will Middlebrooks that missed a catch and was on the ground. The call immediately made the runner safe at home, ending the game 4-5. My problem with this call is that the third baseman was trying to stand up, unaware of the player trying to run over him. The ball got back to home at the same time the runner got there and in normal circumstances, the runner would have been called out upon contact with the catcher and the ball. The play was not reviewed and the game was over. 

Game four and five both went to the Sox in a score 4-2 and 3-1. Now the teams have traveled back to Boston for games 6 and possibly 7. With them being in Boston I think that is it safe to say that the Sox will win at home. Just with a win on Wednesday night the series will be over and the Red Sox will have 4 wins. Winning the Series would be a huge win for the city of Boston itself as well as all of its fans. It should be a great rest of the series and no matter what happens in the end, it has been a great year to be a Red Sox fan and the fan base will always be Boston Strong.