BOSTON - This city was poised to celebrate here like it hadn't since 1918 and the Red Sox didn't disappoint.
The celebration, in fact, kicked off early.
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Bludgeoning the previously dominant Michael Wacha almost from the start, the Red Sox won their third World Series crown in 10 years with a 6-1 victory over the Cardinals Wednesday night in front of 38,447 at Fenway Park.
It was the first title clinched in the historic ballpark since 1918 and completed a remarkable turnaround from last season's 69-win campaign that had Red Sox Nation's relationship with its team at a historic low.
"We've reconnected with our fans . . . in a way, the bloom was off the rose after that 13-month period," Red Sox CEO Larry Lucchino said of the stretch that started with the September collapse of 2011 that cost manager Terry Francona his job and continued in 2012. "We had to reboot and reconnect with our fan base and I think we were successful at doing that."