I’d like to think I’d’ve written up some plaudits for the Boston Red Sox even if it wasn’t the St. Louis Cardinals they beat last night to win the World Series. We’ll never know, though, because that’s who they did beat.
The Red Sox won 6-1 last night, taking the series 4-2 from the Cardinals. From the first run scored last night, there was no waiting for the other shoe to drop. There was only waiting for the final out, and the opportunity to celebrate another championship. How quickly attitudes changed in Boston.
The title marked the Red Sox’s third over a ten-year stretch that was preceded by some 85 years of relative futility. That window started with Theo Epstein’s appointment as GM, and continued through his departure via many of the players his regime helped to accumulate. Sometimes you don’t have to dig very deeply for the Cubs connection, and, although the organizations were in a different place when Epstein took over, and the rules for building an organization were different, too, we can all dream on what a ten-year stretch like this would look like on the North Side of Chicago.