Boston bond and beards drive Red Sox to triumph
By Larry Fine
BOSTON (Reuters) - Red Sox manager John Farrell said a special connection struck between his players and the city of Boston helped them achieve their ultimate goal of a World Series title on Wednesday.
A team carefully patched together and dedicated to bouncing back from a last-place finish in 2012 bonded in an emotional partnership with a city on the mend after April's deadly bombings at the Boston Marathon.
"In a time of need, in response to a tragedy, I go back to our players understanding their place in this city," Farrell said after Wednesday's 6-1 victory at Fenway Park clinched a 4-2 World Series triumph over the St. Louis Cardinals.
"For lack of a better way to describe it, they get it. They get that there's, I think, a civil responsibility that we have wearing this uniform, particularly here in Boston."
Farrell said the spirit began to grow when players reached out to individuals who had suffered in the tragedy and made hospital visits to bring cheer and comfort to the hundreds of wounded.
"I think our fans, they got to a point where they appreciated the way we played the game, how they cared for one another," the manager said. "And in return they gave these guys an incredible amount of energy to thrive on in this ballpark.
"I'm sure that everybody in our uniform ... they'll look back on the events that took place and the way things unfolded as a special year. There's no way we can say it any other way."
Farrell, pitching coach on the Boston team that won the 2007 World Series, left his managing job with the Toronto Blue Jays to return to the Red Sox and help turn around the team. Continued...