BOSTON — Who cares that Shane Victorino was batting .095 (2 for 21) entering last night’s Game 6? Who cares David Ortiz was batting .105 (2 for 19)? Who cares that Stephen Drew was batting (.059) 1 for 17?
Who cares? After all, your 2013 Boston Red Sox — a team that won just 69 games and finished dead last in the AL East a season ago — got the job done anyway because of their unmatched resilience. They are headed to the World Series to play the St. Louis Cardinals, in a rematch of 2004.
Victorino — who struck out nine times combined in the first five games of the ALCS — rocketed a dramatic grand slam into the Monster Seats here at Fenway Park yesterday on an 0-2 count with one out in the seventh inning when the Sox trailed the Tigers 2-1.
Boston went on to win 5-2 over mighty Detroit and its premier starting pitching staff to take the best-of-seven American League Championship Series, 4-2.
"He's come up big a number of times this season, tonight no bigger," Red Sox manager John Farrell said about Victorino.
The World Series — yes, the World Series — will start in Boston on Wednesday.
How can you not love this hairy bunch of Red Sox players who didn’t swing the bats well in this series but came up with the clutch hits and the clutch defensive plays when needed most?
Ortiz struggled throughout the series, as most did, but his dramatic grand slam tied Game 2 in the eighth inning when Boston was on the verge of falling in a 2-0 series hole that likely would have been insurmountable.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia didn’t get much going with the bat either. But he had the game-winning walkoff RBI single in Game 2.
As for Drew, it seemed like he swung and missed at every pitch thrown at him this series. But he saved a run with a remarkable play last night on a ball hit up the middle by Miguel Cabrera in the seventh. The Red Sox’ deficit remained at 2-1 and then Victorino delivered the series’ final blow to the Tigers in the bottom of the inning.