Thursday October 31, 2013 | 05:31 AM

Good morning. Just got home from Boston (the slight smell of alcolhol on my coat - from bumping into drenched players in the clubhouse - is now barely noticeable).

On the way home, I stopped at a Cumberland Farms in Maine and saw a stack of Portland Press Heralds outside the front door. Self service? I carried in the bundle and bought a paper.

You might want to get one, too, Not that my opinion is objective ...

Back at Fenway, MVP David Ortiz talked about this World Series being his "most special" of the three he's been involved with because of the players he'a been around.

in the Red Sox clubhouse, there were plenty fo happy people. Our two Portland-to-the-World-Series guys, Brandon Workman and Xander Bogaerts, had the same word to describe their feelings:

"Unbelievable." (Rookies. We'll work on that articulation for future World Series wins; wink, wink).

One thing, all the players and coaches commented on was the Fenway crowd. Normally loud and vocal, this Oct. 30 crowd kicked it up a notch, standing nearly the whole game, chanting and cheering.

"I never saw Fenway like this," Bogaerts said.

Now for the links.

Our game story.

The column.

David Ortiz, MVP.

Shane Victorino, Game 6 leader.

A notebook full of gems.

Steve Solloway took in the scene outside the park.

Thanks again for reading - from the blog and tweets to the stories. There will be more coming in the next week to 10 days. Plus the weekly Sunday column only takes a break for the holidays.

Today's Press Herald is something to see (or did I mention that already?).


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Kevin Thomas covers baseball and basketball for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram. He wisely moved to Maine in 1994 after working for the St. Petersburg Times. He is married to Nancy and they have nine children.

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