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October 31, 2013

Red Sox win World Series title

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Pedroia gave a quick wave halfway down the line, trying to coax the ball to stay fair, but it curved. Still, he reminded fans here of one of the most cherish moments ever at the century-old ballpark — Carlton Fisk waving a home run fair in the 12th inning that lifted Boston over Cincinnati in Game 6 of the 1975 Series.

Leaving no trick to chance, the Red Sox had Fisk throw out one of the first balls before this Game 6.

Wacha won Game 2, dented only by Ortiz’s two-run homer. Ortiz did damage to the entire St. Louis pitching staff, going 11 for 15 in the first five games.

Reliever Kevin Siegrist struck out Ortiz in the sixth, then exited as Carlos Martinez became the Cardinals’ sixth pitcher. By then, though, it seemed too late to save St. Louis.

All around the ballpark and beyond, it was clear Boston was on the brink of something special.

With the Prudential tower lit up with “Go Sox,” fans filed past increased a beefed-up security presence. Vendors outside the gates urged Red Sox rooters to buy extra programs because they could someday be valuable souvenirs. Signs on the videoboard advised of late-night changes to the public transportation system.

The ballpark organist tried to set a lucky tone, playing “This Magic Moment” and “Daydream Believer” and “I’m Looking Over a Four-Leaf Clover” during batting practice. Local band The Dropkick Murphys performed the national anthem, right after Red Sox greats Luis Tiant and Fisk threw out ceremonial first pitches.

Fisk, still worshipped at Fenway for that winning home run in ‘75, got right into the spirit that has taken over these Red Sox — before his toss, the Hall of Famer put on a playful beard.

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