“I just made too many mistakes,” he said. “It doesn’t matter how hard you’re throwing if you can’t locate it.”
Boston was a 30-1 underdog to win the World Series last winter but joined the 1991 Minnesota Twins as the only teams to win titles one season after finishing in last place. Now, the Red Sox will raise another championship flag before their home opener next season April 4 against Milwaukee.
Boston hit just .211, the lowest average for a Series champion in 39 years and 13 points lower than the Cardinals. But after falling behind 2-1 in the Series on the first-game ending obstruction call in postseason history, the Red Sox tied it the following night on the first-game ending pickoff in postseason play. That sparked the Red Sox to three straight wins and another title.
“When we started rolling,” Ortiz said, “nobody ever stopped the train.”