Storin: Red Sox celebration at Fenway adds to Boston history

storapse@aol.comOctober 30, 2013 

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Grounds crew members dismantle the batting cage after the Boston Red Sox's workout at Fenway Park in Boston on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013. The Red Sox host the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 6 of baseball's World Series on Wednesday.

ELISE AMENDOLA — The Associated Press

Boston is a city where history permeates.

From Bunker Hill to the Old North Church to Paul Revere's midnight ride to the harbor where the real Tea Party changed the course of our country.

And then there is Fenway Park, a place with its own 101 year-old history that was headed for demolition as recently as a dozen years ago.

The Red Sox Faithful have finally, after 95 years, gotten to celebrate a World Series championship on home ground. The Red Sox finished off the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 6 on Wednesday night in Boston, 6-1.

The Red Sox have been to the World Series seven times since Sept. 11, 1918 when they beat the visiting Chicago Cubs, 2-1. Babe Ruth was the Boston left fielder in that game after winning two games as a pitcher.

Two years later Ruth was sold to the New York Yankees where he became a legend and the "Curse of the Bambino" was born. It took 86 years to break it.

That day came in 2004 with the final game of the World Series in St. Louis, a 3-0 victory over the Cardinals. And three years later, the Red Sox did it again in Colorado.

Boston old-timers were thankful for both championships, but down deep they yearned for a Fenway celebration.

After Monday's 3-1 victory that put the Sox within one game of their third title in 10 years, one of the many bearded heroes of this postseason, Jonny Gomes, put it best: "There are some people who have been waiting a lifetime for what possibly could happen," he said, stroking a beard that would have fit nicely into popular grooming in 1918.

"And you can't say that about a lot of cities."

Gomes knows his Fenway history.

This is the ball park where Ruth once pitched, where Ted Williams became the last player to hit over .400, where Carl Yastrzemski won a triple crown.

Fenway is also the park where many championships died.

Like 1967, when Bob Gibson pitched the Cardinals to a 7-2 victory in the seventh game of the World Series.

Like 1975, when the day after Carlton Fisk stood at home plate and waved his home run just to the right of the foul pole to win Game 6, Cincinnati's Joe Morgan singled home the winning run in the ninth inning of Game 7.

Which brings us to Wednesday night and another chance for fans made up of two, possibly three, generations to experience something their grandfathers didn't.

They likely could have sold 100,000 tickets, but settled for 38,000 plus.

Word was that resale market for a ticket to Game 6 was $1,860.

Bleacher seats which could have been had for $300 last week, were selling for $1,100.

On Tuesday someone who wanted two of the best seats in the house paid $24,000 on StubHub for a pair of tickets in the first row of a dugout box.

It has been quite a year in Beantown where "Boston Strong" became an anthem. It started on that tragic day in April when two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

Not much was expected from the team that finished last in 2012, but Red Sox players responded by going 18-8 in April. And they found time to quietly visit hospitals in groups of five to cheer up the afflicted.

The season has climaxed over the last week with one memorable game after another between St. Louis and Boston -- two proud franchises that led their respective leagues in victories this season.

Maybe even a Yankees fan would have to admit a World Series celebration on the hallowed grounds of Fenway Park would be fitting.

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