Boston Red Sox completed a remarkable turnaround, after beating the Tigers 5-2 in the sixth game of the ALCS and will now return to the World Series after a gap of five years.
They will meet St. Louis Cardinals, who won the National League Championship Series. Shane Victorino, who joined the Red Sox during off-season as a free agent, sent them back to the Word Series with a seventh inning grand slam.
''It's one of those moments you live for,'' Victorino said. "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.''
Manager John Farrell was a relieved man after taking his team to the World Series. "This series had a little bit of everything - dramatic comeback wins, dominant starting pitching, particularly on their part," Farrell said. "You couldn't have asked for a better series. It tested everything we had, pushed us to the limit."
"The Cardinals have a fantastic team and a lot of power arms that will walk to that mound. By the time Wednesday rolls around, we know we'll be prepared", Farrel added.
Boston managed to win the ALCS even with their designated hitter David Ortiz having an average series. Red Sox closer Koji Uehara was the ALCS's most valuable player. He had three saves and a win in the series. He will be the Red Sox's surprise package against the Cardinals as only Carlos Beltran has faced Uehara before.
This is the fourth time that the Boston Red Sox will meet St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series. Before this they had met each other in 1946, 1967, and 2004. The Cardinals won in 1946 and 1967 while the Red Sox swept past them in 2004.
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