November 1, 2013

Red Sox conjured up effort, team play

There was no real magic in Boston winning the World Series.

By Kevin Thomas
Staff Writer

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Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz waves a flag after Boston defeated the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 6 of baseball's World Series Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, in Boston. The Red Sox won 6-1 to win the series.

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The party nobody expected, the season nobody expected, all came together first in Fenway Park, then on the streets around the ballpark Wednesday night as the Red Sox captured their third World Series title in 10 seasons.

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“Ben Cherington deserves all the credit for what he’s done with this roster,” Farrell said.

So the Red Sox gathered a bunch of likable guys to join a decent core group of players. The new guys weren’t big stars, but Shane Victorino, Mike Napoli, Ryan Dempster, Jonny Gomes and Stephen Drew, among others, were considered positives for the clubhouse.

The buzzword was chemistry. But does that win games?

“When you’re around it and you feel it, it’s hard to say it’s not valuable,” Cherington said. “I don’t know if any of us know how to engineer it but when you’re around it and feel the group coming around the way it did, I don’t have any doubt it’s valuable. I just don’t know how to predict it.”

No one predicted a winner, except the players.

“After the first couple of games in spring training, we knew we had a special group and it played out during the season,” said Daniel Nava, an unsung player who became a key contributor.

The fact no one believed in the Red Sox but themselves provided more fuel.

“The unpredictable happens,” Ortiz said. “People (predicted) us in third place in the division, or maybe in last, because of what happened last year.

“It helped us out. We had a little chip on our shoulder that we wanted to come in and put up a good run. Thank God we did.”

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