Heartwarming win or 'Fall Classic Follies'

Thu Oct 31, 2013 7:03pm EDT
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By Larry Fine

(Reuters) - It was a feel-good story for Boston, a victory for the bearded band of Red Sox brothers, who tipped the standings upside down in going from last to first by beating the St. Louis Cardinals to win the World Series.

It could also be titled "Fall Classic Follies," considering the errors, misjudgments, bizarre plays and delays that could easily fill a TV bloopers special.

There were 13 errors in all, five by the Cardinals and eight by the Major League Baseball champion Red Sox.

The keystone combination of shortstop Pete Kozma and second baseman Matt Carpenter made two errors apiece for St. Louis.

Seven Red Sox players got into the error column, with centerfielder Jacoby Ellsbury topping the chart with a pair of miscues.

A pop fly that fell comically untouched in between St. Louis pitching ace Adam Wainwright and All-Star catcher Yadier Molina for a single in the Series opener, and a botched rundown by the Cardinals in the final game would make perfect bookends for a 'How not to' instructional series for aspiring Little Leaguers.

In the high-pressure spotlight of a championship series, the human element displayed by MLB's two best teams can actually be endearing, reminding us that athletes are not perfect and bringing a potential shock factor into play.

The shock factor was in full force in two game-ending plays.   Continued...

Oct 30, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox owners including John Henry (right) and Larry Lucchino (left) and Tom Werner (middle) hold the World Series championship trophy together after game six of the MLB baseball World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports