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Karen Datangel is a communications specialist, writer, connector, sports enthusiast (Go SF Giants, 49ers, and Warriors), and philanthropy-minded extroverted introvert. Born, bred, and based in the Bay Area, Karen graduated with a degree in Journalism from San Francisco State University. Her writing/media resume includes contributions to and internships with Hollywood Life, CAAMFest (Formerly the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival), Audrey Magazine (Now part of Character Media), Bustle, Fandom, SheKnows, and POPSUGAR. She now focuses mostly on social media and communications in various industries, currently working as the Public Relations Assistant with the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) and having worked previously at Salesforce and Google. Outside of work, she is an active member of the Spinsters of San Francisco.

Karen Watches the 2013 World Series: From Worst to First, Boston Red Sox Clinch Third Championship in Ten Years

The Boston Red Sox celebrate their Game 6 clincher, and their third World Series title since 2004 (photo: Nancy Lane / Boston Herald).

The Boston Red Sox celebrate their Game 6 clincher, and their third World Series title since 2004 (photo: Nancy Lane / Boston Herald).

The storyline of tonight’s game seemed likeable: A couple of guys who were unable to come through earlier in the World Series came through at the right time, right when it mattered. However, the storylines of the Boston Red Sox winning their third World Series championship in ten years were poignant. They beat the same team they swept in the 2004 World Series, that first championship since 1918. They also won it for the first time since 1918 in front of a home crowd at Fenway Park. They honored their city—a city that rallied together—in the face of a national tragedy. A year after a drama-filled losing season and the rebuilding, they finished at the top of the American League and now at the top of all of Major League Baseball. The Boston Red Sox are the 2013 World Series Champions, and what a fun (and weird) six games it was for fans to watch and a dominant Game 6 it was for the team.

Game 6 initially seemed like it would go in the St. Louis Cardinals’ favor, as Red Sox starter John Lackey allowed two to reach base in the second inning and move into scoring position on a wild pitch. However, the Cardinals’ Jon Jay struck out for the last out. St. Louis rookie wonder Michael Wacha, who came through in critical games for the Cards this postseason, was tacked on for all six Red Sox runs in the 6-1 game. Half of those runs came in the bottom of the third, on a bases-loaded double by Shane Victorino. The ball bounced off the top of the Green Monster and scored Jonny Gomes, David Ortiz, and Jacoby Ellsbury. The bases-loaded clutch situation was familiar for Victorino, who delivered a grand slam in the ALCS clincher to get the Red Sox to the World Series. However, against the Cardinals, Victorino previously did not have a hit.

In the next inning, another struggling Red Sox, Stephen Drew, hit a home run against Wacha on the first pitch he saw. With two outs and Ellsbury at second on a double, Wacha intentionally walked Ortiz before being taken out of the game. Lance Lynn in relief then allowed an RBI single by Mike Napoli, which scored Ellsbury. After Gomes reached base on a walk, Victorino then came up to bat again in a 2-out bases-loaded situation. This time, he settled for an RBI single to score Ortiz. With Drew’s solo shot and the Napoli and Victorino singles, the Red Sox scored the other half of their runs, which would be all they needed along with their solid pitching and defense.

While Lackey did allow nine hits to the Cardinals in 6 2/3 innings of work, the Red Birds seemed to forget how to get runners to home plate. The only clutch hit came off the bat of Carlos Beltran, who hit a bloop single off of Lackey to score Daniel Descalso in the top of the seventh. St. Louis was only 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position in Game 6, a concept they couldn’t seem to grasp all throughout the series.

A tip of the cap to the St. Louis Cardinals on their strong run throughout the year. But the night, the Commissioner’s Trophy, and all the World Series glory belongs to the Boston Red Sox, the city of Boston, and their faithful fans. I congratulate them wholeheartedly on their competitive spirits, dedication, and hard work. I refuse to believe this is the end of the baseball season though. There should be a next order of serious business: Can somebody please set up a beard-shearing ceremony for those players at the victory parade?

IN A NUTSHELL: #BostonStrong

NEXT UP: Besides the beard-shearing ceremony that should happen but probably won’t? I guess football season is still going on. Then there’s these other things people call basketball and hockey. What are those? Anyway, I’ll tell you what’s next: I count down the days until pitchers and catchers report and I’ll refresh my social media feeds and MLBTradeRumors.com to see what might happen next season. And next up, I’ll write something not related to baseball. What an uncharacteristic and saddening thought.

OFFICIAL SCORE: Red Sox 6, Cardinals 1
MY SCORE: Red Sox 4, Cardinals 2 (Not really “My” Score — this is the official score of the 2013 World Series)
TOP PERFORMER: Shane Victorino (Red Sox)
FAVORITE PLAY OF THE GAME: Stephen Drew robbing Daniel Descalso of a base hit made for some hot baseball…magic

GAME 6/WORLD SERIES TIDBITS: David Ortiz was awarded the honor of World Series MVP. His batting average was a whopping .688 in the Fall Classic…Although Koji Uehara has been a monster closer for the Sox (He struck out Matt Carpenter for  the last out) and has been adorable in the October celebrations, his little son Kaz might have him beat in the showstopper department. Erin Andrews interviewed the little boy with his father and he replied “GOOD!” and “CRAZY!” after  she asked him how proud the younger Uehara was of elder Uehara and how he would celebrate the Red Sox victory…Outgoing FOX sportscaster Tim McCarver called his last World Series game and shared some bromantic moments with his buddy and colleague Joe Buck.

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Red Sox Turn Cardinals Into Feathers in Game 1 Rout
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Thank you to everyone who followed our coverage of the 2013 World Series, and congratulations again to the Boston Red Sox on the 2013 World Series Championship! Feel free to share any last thoughts on this Fall Classic here!

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