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November 1, 2013

Series clincher at Fenway seals 'best year' for this Boston fan

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That’s not to take away from the two World Series titles in 2004 and 2007. Sure the “Idiots” of 2004 pulled off the great series comeback over the hated Yankees after being down 3-0 and within an out of elimination to come roaring back to win the American League pennant. And it was their first series championship since 1918.

The 2007 Sox team had a dramatic comeback too, after being down 3-1 against Cleveland in the ALCS.

But both title teams were blessed with several super stars and easily swept their opponents in the World Series. Both teams were expected to compete for the World Series even before the season began.

Not so for the 2013 Red Sox which underwent a major shake-up after an embarrassing 69-93 record last year.

This year’s bearded bunch did the seemingly impossible going from the worst to first in their division and scoring the most runs in the Major Leagues under new manager John Farrell.

Jon Lester, with a 15-8 record, was the team’s best pitcher. David Ortiz had a very good year (30 homeruns, 103 runs batted in and a .309 average. Good seasons, but not great.

But there was something special that put the team above any other Sox squad in the hearts of the fans, who came to Game 6.

Helium-filled balloons with beards painted on them floated outside Fenway as more than 40,000 crammed into the park. There weren’t enough standing room spaces to accommodate fans, who had to keep moving to other spaces during the game. I watched the game from five spots.

The Red Sox organization did its best to whip the crowd into a frenzied, cheering mood.

A wonderful film collage of all-time great Red Sox moments and heart-breaking ones weaved together from photos, movies and newspaper headlines from Sox olden days to modern times played on the big scoreboard behind the right field bleachers.

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