Posted by AzBlueMeanie:
But "Big Papi" David Ortiz, the team captain of the Red Sox, rallied the city of Boston and all of Red Sox Nation in their first home game after the terrorist attack with a defiant "This is our f#&king city!"
"Boston Strong" became the symbol of the city of Boston and its beloved Red Sox. From April to October, the resilience of the Red Sox helped to heal the community.
It was a season in which the Red Sox, who finished in last place in 2012, redeemed themselves by finishing first in 2013. The Red Sox join my 1991 Minnesota Twins as the only teams in baseball history to complete the "worst to first" dream season. "Boston Strong" to the finish.
The Red Sox broke the "curse of the Bambino" in 2004, winning their first World Series title in 86 years. The Red Sox won another title in 2007. But the Red Sox won those World Series as road warriors in their opponents' ball parks.
This World Series title was the first the Red Sox won at home in front of Red Sox Nation in the hallowed confines of Fenway Park since 1918 -- when Babe Ruth was in their starting pitching rotation and a utility outfielder. This was a magical ending to a magical season.
"Big Papi" David Ortiz, the team captain of the Red Sox (and a former Minnesota Twin), was dialed in delivering key hits throughout the playoffs. He won the Most Valuable Player for the ALCS Championship Series and for the World Series. "Big Papi" is the MVP in the hearts of Red Sox Nation this season as well. He has earned his trip to Cooperstown. Congratulations big man!
h/t Boston Globe photos