Fenway Park was packed on Saturday night for Game 6 of the American League Championship between the Boston Red Sox and the Detroit Tigers . The Red Sox were trailing 2-1, but the crowd was still in good spirits. The crowd sang, “Don’t worry about a thing, ’cause every little thing is gonna be all right,” — the chorus to Bob Marley’s song, “Three Little Birds.”
Shane Victorino stepped to the plate in the seventh inning with the bases loaded. Then came Tigers reliever, Jose Veras. Strike one…strike two… Victorino missed on both curve balls from Veras. Then came another throw by Veras but this time Victorino connected. Victorino hit the ball just past the Green Monster for a Grand Slam, putting the Sox ahead 5 -2 over the Tigers, whose bullpen gave yet another disappointing performance.
As Victorino made his way around the diamond, the dugout celebrated and the stadium cheered.”It’s one of those moments you live for,” said Victorino, “Just listen to the crowd…the one thing I came here to do is to be a part of this city. With all we went through as a city, there’s definitely a bond.”
“My emotions are getting me,” Victorino said, “A special moment. Something I will never forget.
The Red Sox won the series, four games to two and will start the World Series at Fenway Park on Wednesday night against the St. Louis Cardinals. The Cardinals defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night to win NL pennant.
“This series had a little bit of everything — dramatic comeback wins, dominant starting pitching, particularly on their part,” said Red Sox Manager, John Farrell. “You couldn’t have asked for a better series. It tested everything we had, pushed us to the limit.”
Also worth mentioning, is the Red Sox pitcher, Koji Uehara, who got the last three outs for his team and went on to win the series MVP award.
Game one of the World Series starts Wednesday.
(photos via Boston Herald)