Making their Mark

In the spirit of nostalgia, we’re recapping last year’s historic World Series between the Red Sox and Cardinals. Today, Game 1 …

It certainly wasn’t the prettiest of World Series openers for the Red Sox, who made four errors and gave up nine runs at Fenway Park, but still came away with a victory thanks to some timely hitting by Mark Bellhorn. The second baseman’s eighth-inning homer off the Pesky pole broke a 9-9 tie and lifted Boston to victory.

Some memorable quotes from after the game:

  • Terry Francona: “That was not an instructional video to send to the instructional league. That was a little rough. We did some things wrong, but we persevered and we won.”
  • Francona: “We set out to win today so it’s a really great day. But we did make some mistakes that we need to clean up.”
  • Mark Bellhorn: “Every little boy always dreams of playing in the World Series and winning a game. I know I did, but I’m not here to try to be a hero. We’re just here to try to win four games.”
  • Dan Shaughnessy: What is it about Red Sox players hitting the foul pole late at night to win World Series games? At 11:56 last night, Sox second baseman Mark Bellhorn clanged a two-run shot off Fenway’s right-field foul pole to give the cartoon characters from Boston an unsightly, but effective 11-9 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in the first game of the 100th World Series.
  • Shaughnessy: One down. Three to go. And then no more talk about 1918.

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    Wakefield can’t catch wind
    Loyalties divided, but a connection remains
    A lesson in stress management
    Ramirez’s gaffes turn into laughing matter
    He remains Fenway fixture Damon takes the lead
    Schilling again willing, and hopes he’s able
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    Photo Gallery Game 1 multimedia gallery Photo Gallery Game 1 fan interviews 
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