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McGair: Postgame reaction from 2013 World Series champion Red Sox

October 31, 2013

By BRENDAN McGAIR
bmcgair@pawtuckettimes.com

BOSTON – We present some postgame reaction following the Red Sox defeating the Cardinals to clinch the World Series:

Outfielder Shane Victorino on his bases-clearing double in the third inning.
“To get these kind of moments, that is what it’s all about. For me, I’m lucky enough it worked out. I don’t ever go up there with the mindset ‘This is what is going to happen.’ It seems to be happening that way and I’m very fortunate to get that opportunity again tonight with the bases loaded and open up the game a little bit.
“We knew we had a tough task. The Cardinals gave us the series that we thought it would be, but it’s just nice to be on the winning side.”

Victorino on when his back took a turn for the better:
“Thoughout Game 4, I was doing a lot of work therapy. That night, I actually felt better before I went to bed.”

Xander Bogaerts on starting Opening Day in Double-A Portland and ending the season as a 21-year-old World Series champion:
“For me to get a ring in my first time in the big leagues, it’s pretty special. There are guys who have played 15 years and never gotten a ring.”

Bogaerts on what he learned in the two months he spent with veteran infielder and former Providence College baseball standout John McDonald:

“I would say he’s been the No. 1 help right now, especially on defense. I can see how far I’ve come defensively since I’ve been up here. I couldn’t work on one position, whether that was third base or shortstop, so I had to get better at both.”

Dustin Pedroia on the idea the culture changed with the additions of Victorino, Jonny Gomes, Mike Napoli, etc.”
“I think in the beginning of the year, everyone thought we just brought good guys here. In reality, those guys can flat-out play baseball. That’s the reason why we’re here. We just didn’t get nice guys who are fun to be around. The guys we got stepped up huge and brought something special to our team. It was an unbelievable team effort by everyone.”

Quintin Berry on joining the Red Sox just in time to be added to the postseason roster:
“Best thing that ever happened to me was to get here. To play for this team, unbelievable.”

Ben Cherington on what allowed this Red Sox team to climb the heights it did:
“We guys who were here last year – a core group – and were returning. They weren’t happy with the way things went the last two years and were really motivated to prove to everyone that wasn’t who they were. We then had a bunch of guys who came into the clubhouse and completely got it. That group meshed together so easily.”

Torey Lovullo on the dye that was cast with the newly minted world champs:
“We have mold and a tempo that we fit. All these bought into this program and it should be special for years to come.”

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