Sox Champs Again

Congratulations To The Boston Red Sox – 2007 World Series Champions!

Yes, they did it again.

We’re a long ways from from the days of “loserville?” Aren’t we? The Boston Red Sox secured their second World Series Championship in four years with a 4-3 victory over the Colorado Rockies to finish a four game sweep of the Series.

There’s no way we’re going to get to all the stories this morning, so I’ll try to bring you some of the highlights from the coverage today.

(As a heads up, if you’re looking for Patriots links this morning, head on over to Patriots Daily – they’re all there.)

Jeff Horrigan has the Red Sox scaling that Championship peak once again. Dan Shaughnessy offers up the front page game story in the Globe. Joe McDonald says that the season ended triumphantly, and according to a masterful plan. Gordon Edes has the sports page game story in the Globe. Jeff Goldberg has the Sox becoming the first team to win two World Series titles in the 21st century. Ron Chimelis has the Red Sox as baseball’s champion – again. Joe Haggerty has the Red Sox making the long season well worth the wait. Paul Jarvey has the Sox on Cloud Nine after the win. Jon Couture says that it was all worth it this season.

Bob Ryan says that while 2004 was an exorcism. 2007 is an exclamation point. Tony Massarotti says that the transformation of the Red Sox is complete…the question is no longer if they can win a title, but now how many can they win. Sean McAdam reminds us that we’re living in the golden age of Red Sox baseball. Dom Amore says that in three short years, a nation of millions has gone from star-crossed to spoiled. Lenny Megliola has the Red Sox once again closing out the World Series in a hurry. Alex Speier has the Red Sox proving to be more than your average group of schlemiels. David Brown notes that these Sox are built to last.

Steve Buckley says manager Terry Francona has grown from and built on his postseason experiences. Jackie MacMullan has Jacoby Ellsbury and Jonathan Papelbon making the dreams of Red Sox Nation come to life. Steven Krasner looks at Papelbon and Lester as the stars on the mound for the Sox last night. Michael Silverman has a look at the “new” Manny Ramirez from the 2007 postseason. Michael Vega has Mike Timlin getting to add another ring to his collection which now numbers four.

Ryan attempts to sum up what Jason Varitek means to this team. Brown has more on just how indispensable Varitek is to the club. McDonald and Krasner point out that Ellsbury and Pedroia embody great homegrown talent for the Red Sox. John Powers has a look at Bobby Kielty, whose pinch hit home run in the eighth inning proved to be the game winner for the Red Sox. Bill Ballou has the “other guy” in the Josh Beckett trade proving his value with the Series MVP.

It was said sometime this past week that if Jon Lester was in the NL, he would be a 15 game winner and the ace of the Rockies staff. The 23-year-old lefthander did nothing to dissuade that notion last night, pitching 5 2/3 innings of shutout baseball in the clinching game of the World Series. Nick Cafardo says that the force was with Lester last night, who even had at least one Rockie saying “If you had to get beat by someone you have to be happy for that guy.” Jim Donaldson has more on Lester, and Lowell as well, two cancer survivors who helped lead the Red Sox to victory last night.

Mindful of the fiasco that followed the ball from the final out of the 2004 World Series, Jason Varitek ended any such controversy this time around by saying after the game that after catching the Jonathan Papelbon strikeout to end the game last night, he’ll give it back to the team.

Horrigan’s notebook looks at an amazing year for Jacoby Ellsbury, who will still be considered a rookie next season. The Projo notebook has Francona noting that this was a very easy team to manage, they didn’t give him any troubles this season. Goldberg’s notebook has the bullpen again proving to be the key for the Red Sox. Chimelis’ notebook has Ellsbury as the new star in the Red Sox universe after this series. Jarvey’s notebook says that this was an offensive playoff season to remember for the Red Sox.

David Scott wraps up all of the postgame coverage, thankful as you should be that our regional nightmare of embarrassing media displays is coming to an end. Chad Finn has a great live-blog of the game, including the postgame celebrations. Over on Red Sox Monster, they think it would be a good idea to hang onto this Lowell guy.

Once again, your Patriots Links from the team’s 52-7 blowout of the Washington Redskins can be found over at Patriots Daily. (A huge thanks to Scott for putting those together.) The win moved the Pats to 8-0 and sets up a matchup with also undefeated Indianapolis this coming Sunday.

For Bruins and Celtics coverage, head on over to CelticsLinks.com and BruinsLinks.com

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