The Boston Red Sox are going back to the World Series. A year filled with special moments and memorable moments was capped off Saturday night as Shane Victorino floated around the bases in the seventh-inning after his grand slam put the Red Sox up 5-2 against the Detroit Tigers in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series. As Boston.com reports on October 20, it was a moment of celebration and also a moment that the city of Boston felt that "every little ting gonna be all right."
After an abysmal season in 2012, the hometown team instilled a new attitude in the club house. They brought in a bunch of guys who instilled the art of having fun back into Fenway. They grew beards, they smiled and they believed. Winning came back to Boston not because fans got behind this team, but because this team got behind its fans and its city.
Just days after the Boston Marathon bombing when David Ortiz uttered the words "this is our [expletive] city", a special feeling emerged from a team that was not expected to even make the playoffs. The tragedy and bonding together of a city sent a wavering message that life was more serious than baseball, but baseball did help put a smile on the face of a city and helped instill strength.
Saturday night's game provided a special moment that summed up the entire season for the Red Sox. They were a team never to be counted out with players who just keep coming up big when it mattered. Victorino was one of those players with the contagious winning attitude. A 2 for 23 slump didn't stop him from launching curveball from Tigers reliever Jose Veras into the Monster seats. Victorino pumped his fists as he paraded the bases. It was definitely a good way to end a slump.
"I won't talk about the approach or what I thought -- no, honestly, I told myself to get a pitch I can handle," said Victorino following the game. "Try to tie the game at the minimum. Get us back in the game and give us another chance. It was a special moment. It's been a special year, we battled, and good moments like this, you cherish it."
I has been a special year with an already memorable ending. But there is more to come. Win or lose, the Red Sox have showed that things are "gonna be all right" when you just stay strong. A city shut down by a tragedy came back strong and on the friendly field of Fenway Park, a group of men showed the rewards of fighting back. "Boston Strong" has made its way to the World Series.