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Fenway Park hosts historic World Series championship celebration

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff  October 31, 2013 12:10 AM

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Fenway Park was host to a World Series championship party for the first time since 1918.

Moments after Koji Uehara struck out Matt Carpenter to clinch Game 6 and the title, the field was mobbed by players, TV cameras and others as a historic celebration got underway.

It was the Red Sox' third World Championship since 2004. They won it on the road in 2004 and 2007, so winning it at home was extra special to this team.

300trophy.jpgBaseball commissioner Bud Selig was on hand to present the Commissioner’s Trophy to the Red Sox, who went from just 69 wins in 2012 and finishing last in the AL East to winning the World Series. They became just the second team in history, after the 1991 Minnesota Twins, to win the World Series just one year after finishing last in the division.

“You know this started off as a really tough year for Boston,” Selig said. “And it was ‘Boston Strong’ and the Red Sox that made all their fans very, very proud.”

“These are the most deserving players I have ever seen,” said principal owner John Henry. “They played with such heart [and] such desire.”

“This team was resilient all year,” said Red Sox chairman Tom Werner. “And they showed great character: 22 wins in their last at bat; 25 different heroes. And we pay tribute tonight to all the families who suffered from the marathon bombing, and the resiliency of this region and this city coming back.”

Ben Cherington, who orchestrated the major deal that sent Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, and Josh Beckett to the Dodgers and then signed all of the key Red Sox free agents in the offseason, won the World Series in just his second season as general manager, equaling the feat of his predecessor Theo Epstein.

“It’s an amazing feeling, I feel blessed to be along for the ride,” Cherington said.
“We had an amazing group in our clubhouse… They decided in spring training that they wanted to write a different story, and sure enough they did. It’s just fun to be along for the ride.”

Uehara came in for the ninth inning, and retired all three batters in order.

Uehara had said after the ALCS that he was so nervous he almost threw up and he was asked about how he was feeling after winning the World Series

“Last time I almost threw up, this time I almost cried,” he said through his translator. “I still feel like this is a dream.”

Uehara's young son Kaz was asked how he was going to celebrate with his dad after the Red Sox championship, to which he replied “crazy.”

Jon Lester won two games during the series – Game 1 and Game 5. He threw 15.1 innings, allowing just one run on nine hits and one walk, while striking out 15.

“People counted us out all year and we just kept proving them wrong,” he said. “Now we’re standing here with the World Series trophy, it still hasn’t sunk in.”

“We got together in spring training and everyone cared about each other so much,” said Dustin Pedroia. “With the stuff happened to this city we wanted to do something special, make everybody happy and proud of their team in the toughest of times, and hopefully we did that.

Before the season, Pedroia tweeted out a message to Red Sox Nation that he reiterated after the team accepted the Commissioner’s Trophy.

“I said ‘you better jump on [our team] now, ‘cause were going to do something special,’ and we did.”

After the trophy presentation, the Red Sox headed back into the clubhouse to spray champagne and celebrate what they had accomplished.

Shortly after, Jonny Gomes returned to the field waving a giant Red Sox flag, doing a lap up and down the first base line decked out in his now-famous Army helmet.

Also seen on the field posing for fans' photos was Steve Horgan, also known as the "bullpen cop," who famously raised his arms in the air to celebrate David Ortiz's ALCS Game 2 grand slam as Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter flipped over into the bullpen.

The Red Sox now head into the 2014 season as World Champions, and will look to become the first team to successfully defend the World Series Championship since the 2000 New York Yankees

Ortiz was named World Series MVP after hitting .688 in the series with two home runs and six RBIs. This was Ortiz’s third World Series win with the Red Sox.

“First of all I just want to say this is for you Boston,” he said. “This is for all of you. I knew that this was going to be a special year, and when we started rolling, no one can stop the train.

"Winning this World Series is special, I think this might be the most special of any of the World Series [we won].”

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