Several Red Sox veterans thrilled at first trip to World Series

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The champions of the American League are given the William Harridge Award, a small trophy named for a former league president.

As tributes go, the late Mr. Harridge could have done better. The award consists of an octagonal wooden base with a silver baseball on top and a gold eagle sitting on the ball. A plaque on the side has the year.

But when the Red Sox beat the Detroit Tigers, 5-2, Saturday night to clinch the American League pennant, the Harridge Award was never more popular.

Jonny Gomes grabbed the trophy and posed for a photograph. Stephen Drew did the same, surrounded by friends and family. To several veteran Red Sox, it meant that coveted first trip to the World Series.

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