The Boston Red Sox defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 6-1 in Game 6 of the 2013 World Series, winning the series by a count of 4-2. It was the culmination of an extraordinary season in which the Red Sox used patience at the plate and clutch pitching to emerge as the best team in the MLB.
As one might imagine, the city of Boston has wasted little time in scheduling a celebration for the reigning MLB champions. And celebrate they will.
According to an AP press release via The Boston Globe, the Red Sox will have a duck boat parade at 10 a.m. ET on Saturday, Nov. 2. The parade will start at Fenway Park, travel down Boylston Street and make an appearance on the Charles River.
Be there to see your 2013 World Series champions.
Date: Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013
Time: 10 a.m. ET
Location: Fenway Park
Route: Boylston Street & Charles River
During their run to the title, the Bo Sox ran into three of the toughest teams in all of baseball. Boston drew the Tampa Bay Rays in the ALDS, the Detroit Tigers in the ALCS and the Cardinals in the World Series. Through it all, the Red Sox lost five total games.
With series victories of 3-1 over the Rays, 4-2 over the Tigers and 4-2 over the Cardinals, Boston pulled of an improbable title run.
Boston had three All-Stars in 2013, while the Tigers had six. Comparatively, the Red Sox went 5-6 during its final 11 games of the regular season, while the Rays finished 9-2 in their final 11 games.
Furthermore, the Red Sox won two consecutive games in St. Louis after the controversial obstruction call. It was the first time since Aug. 10, 2013, that the Cardinals had lost two consecutive home games.
That's a span of 33 regular-season and postseason home games without a losing streak.
No matter what the numbers may have led you to believe, Boston defied the odds at every turn. This all led to the Red Sox clinching the World Series at Fenway Park for the first time since 1918.
Red Sox: clinch World Series at home for 1st time since 1918— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 31, 2013
Every number says this shouldn't have happened, but it did.
During the 2013 postseason, the Red Sox posted a collective batting average of .227, and two of the team's four starting pitchers posted an ERA of 4.35 or worse.
During the World Series, Boston hit .211 with only one player hitting better than .250. Fortunately, that lone player was World Series MVP David Ortiz.
David Ortiz: .688 BA, 1.948 OPS in World Series; Other Red Sox: .169 BA, .484 OPS in World Series— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 31, 2013
"Performance for the ages" is a phrase that gets thrown around too often, but for Ortiz, it's fitting.
Big Papi hit an obscene .688 with 11 hits, two doubles, two home runs, six RBI, eight walks and seven runs scored in 24 plate appearances. He led the Red Sox in every one of those statistical categories and continued to build upon his legacy as one of October's most legendary performers.
Jon Lester added four postseason wins in five appearances on a 1.56 ERA. John Lackey was 3-3 with a 2.77 ERA and Koji Uehara had seven saves on a 0.66 ERA. All three, as well as a cast of other pitchers and hitters, stepped up when Boston needed it the most.
Will you attend or watch the duck boat parade?
In turn, the team completed a magnificent turnaround.
During the 2012 MLB regular season, the Red Sox finished with a record of 69-93. They were dead last in the AL East and had the sixth-worst record in the entire MLB.
In his first year as manager, John Farrell righted the ship and sailed to glory. It was a story of utilizing grit and guts over star power.
Now, the city of Boston and the Red Sox organization will celebrate their third World Series title in 10 years.