The clock refuses to strike midnight for the Boston Red Sox. Having concluded a magical "worst-to-first" regular season the Red Sox have dispatched the Tampa Rays and the Detroit Tigers to advance to the World Series for the 3rd time in ten years. There are a number of reasons why my wife (a Boston area native) and I believe that the magic will continue and bring Boston a World Series championship. Here are a few.


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"KOJI"--Koji Uehara, a 38 year old native of Japan, had been a pretty good pitcher in his native country before coming to the U.S to play in 2009. This year "Koji" has been a lights-out closer for the Red Sox earning 21 saves and an ALCS MVP Award. He also gets points for honesty. When asked how he felt closing the pressure packed 6th game against Detroit he said, "I felt like throwing up". Wouldn't we all!

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DUSTIN PEDROIA--Dustin Pedroia--or "Pedey" to his fans--had a quiet ALCS. He is, however, the heart and soul of the Boston Red Sox who lives for the big moments such as a World Series would provide. He is always the first team member at the ballpark and his never give in, never give up attitude is infectious.

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THE TEAM-- "There is no 'I' in team" It's a cliche, sure, but never more fitting than to describe this years Red Sox. Foregoing big name, big money free agents GM Ben Cherington brought in mid-tier players like Shane Victorino, Johnny Gomes, Mike Napoli and Stephen Drew who along with holdovers like Pedroia, Ortiz and Daniel Nava created a winning atmosphere, a team chemistry that led them to a 97-win season.

The World Series starts Wednesday at Fenway Park and although the St. Louis Cardinals are a talented team with outstanding pitching I believe the Red Sox will find a way--as they have done all season--to prevail and prove that they are "Boston Strong".
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