The Boston Red Sox didn't have much come easy before Oct. 30. For that matter, the Red Sox have never been known as a franchise that does things the easy way. Of course, things have been different since 2004, and they were different again in Game 6 of the World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals, as a weird series ended without any more wackiness.
The Red Sox's final 6-1 victory played more like Game 1 of the series, rather than Games 2-5. Just as the World Series began with an easy Boston win, it ended with one too, as the Red Sox buried the Cardinals early on in the third and fourth innings.
The Cardinals were buried after the first inning in Game 1, but Michael Wacha kept them hoping for two innings in Game 6. However, Wacha wasn't his usual dominant self, although John Lackey was vulnerable as well. Yet both pitchers escaped a two on, nobody out jam in the second before Wacha gave out in the third.
As he did in Game 6 of the ALCS, Shane Victorino hit the bases loaded bomb that put the World Series away for the Red Sox. But this blast was even more unlikely, as Victorino had been sidelined for two games and had been ineffective in the previous three -- yet he still cleared the bases with a hit off of the Green Monster.
Even the offensively anemic Stephen Drew added a home run in the fourth. At that point, it was clear it wasn't the Cardinals' night or World Series. Despite issuing four walks to David Ortiz and giving him his first and only strikeout of the series, it was the unsung heroes of the Red Sox offense that got the big hits, like in Games 4 and 5.
Lackey did his part by getting out of several jams. He left with the bases loaded for the Cardinals with two outs in the seventh, but Allen Craig grounded out to Junichi Tazawa and ended St. Louis's final threat. From that point on, the party started in Fenway Park, if it hadn't already.
Fenway had gone 95 years without the Red Sox winning a championship on that field. History suggested they should have gotten there kicking and screaming, but the wacky history of the Red Sox and this World Series had no more power on this night.