The Red Sox Love That Dirty Water
Monday, October 21, 2013 at 3:15PM
Bill Chuck - Managing Editor in Bill Chuck Files, Boston Red Sox, Boston Red Sox, Fenway Park
You might recall that each of the eight pitchers listed below pitched 2013 complete game one hitters. However, you might not recall that The Standells
were one-hit wonders in their own right as they had one hit in their rock and roll career. Their 1966 hit "Dirty Water," is considered the unofficial official victory anthem of the Red Sox and is played after every home victory.
This year Fenway celebrated with their home fans more frequently than any other AL club.
And thanks to the Mariano Rivera
inspired AL All-Star team, the Red Sox have home-field advantage in this World Series and might need each of those four games to secure the championship.
Red Sox and Cardinals at Home this postseason
The Red Sox will have a number of advantages when playing at Fenway Park in the Series:
- They are a team built for the Green Monster in left, the Pesky Pole in right, the triangle in center, and the asymetrical left and right-centerfield gaps.
- They have the ability in their home park to use David Ortiz as their DH, where he is better offensively than when he plays first, while Mike Napoli is better defensively at first, and their lineup is more potent when they are both in it.
- They have a diehard fan base who feel that no deficit is insurmountable and no lead is large enough not pile on the misery further.
- Their up close and personal support can be heard when a Sox pitcher gets two strikes on the opposition and their disapproval is voiced for something as benign as a throw to first by the opposing hurler who is merely trying to keep a Sox runner close.
- Then there is the boisterous singing of Bob Marley's Three Birds as Shane Victorino come to the plate and then again, every 8th inning of every game, when the cloying "Sweet Caroline" produces a sing-along that may be diabetes-inducing.
The Fenway Advantage
Compare the hitting numbers for the Sox at home at the Cards on the road:
Sox pitching at Fenway
This postseason, the bullpen and Jon Lester
have thrived at home
The results are not as clean on the road
As a reminder...
Just saying, the Red Sox play Games 1, 2, 6, and 7 and as Bob Marley sings to Victorino - "Don't worry about a thing, 'Cause every little thing gonna be all right!" because the Red Sox love that dirty water, aww Boston is their home.
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