The Boston Red Sox finished off the worst-to-first season with a championship last night when they won the World Series 4-2 by defeating the Cardinals 6-1 in Game 6. The Series MVP was David Ortiz who hit .688 for the series, going 11-16. Ortiz had an amazing OBP of .760 and was deservedly walked four times last night. The Red Sox turned the Series around when utility outfielder Jonny Gomes was inserted into the lineup in Game 4 because of an injury to Shane Victorino. Gomes would hit a three-run homer in that game and the Red Sox never looked back.
This year’s Red Sox was supposed to be seen as a bridge year to the next generation of stars coming up through the farm system. The Red Sox finished the entire season and playoffs with 108 wins, and now have one of the best farm systems in baseball with potentially more help on the way with all the Free Agents that are expected to test the waters. The Red Sox will be sure to qualify all of those players and if they decide to sign with another team the Red Sox will be given draft pick compensation for the players leaving. The biggest names that are expected to exit Boston this year will be Jacoby Ellsbury (who could end up with Cubs), Mike Napoli, Stephen Drew and Jarrod Saltalamacchia. All these players will be designated as Type A or B Free Agents and will net Boston a return for their exits.
The present is wonderfully rosy for Red Sox fans, and with youth on the up and up and the winter shaping up to be bountiful, the future could be brighter still.