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Josh St.Croix column: Local fans rejoice on Red Sox’s Series victory

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Red Sox Nation has a local chapter.

And while the area is dominated by fans of the New York Yankees or Mets, make no mistake about it. Today, and in the months to come — in the words made famous by World Series MVP David Ortiz — This is our “bleeping” city.

Here are some summarized thoughts from a small portion of the area’s Boston Red Sox contingency, a day after the team won its third World Series championship in the past 10 years and its eighth title overall by defeating the St. Louis Cardinals at a frenzied Fenway Park in Boston.

We’ll start with the first fan on this sportswriter’s contact list.

Jon St.Croix (Age 55): Great win this year. It’s better than the other two in my lifetime and a very, very special year because of the circumstances coming into it (with a new manager, coming off a last-place finish). I didn’t know if I was ever going to see the championship. Now we got three.

David Seymour (70): I became a fan in recent years to compete with my grandson, who is a sports nut and a big Yankees fan, but it’s developed. I didn’t jump up and scream like some young kid or something, but I was certainly very excited. They got it now. I told a guy who’s a Yankees fan that likes to bust on me, like them or not, they’re World Champions for at least a year. They’re a great bunch of guys and a good team, and I think a lot of the credit has to go to (first-year manger) John Farrell. He really led the way for them.

Amiee O’Connor (39): It is exciting living in Yankee Nation here in northern New York and watching their nemesis win the World Series. I remember living across the street from Fenway Park and witnessing the mayhem that would ensue from just a normal win. I can only imagine the city vibe Wednesday night. (NOTE: Amiee is co-owner of Jose O’Connor’s Eat & Drink in her native town of Carthage, which serves draft beer out of Red Sox glasses.)

John Northrop (28): They definitely wouldn’t have won it without David Ortiz. As a baseball coach (at Jefferson Community College), it bothered me that the Red Sox don’t like to bunt. I’m amazed that, when you have eight guys struggling in the lineup, that they won without bunting guys over. But it was awesome to see. I grew up a big Nomar Garciaparra fan, and I remember 2004 like the back of my hand. It’s hard to believe that was nine years ago. With all the talk of not winning at Fenway in 95 years, we’ve gotten three in the last 10 years. I feel a little spoiled.

Michael Ledoux (47): I watched when they lost in 1975 and 1986. I saw Carlton Fisk hit his home run, and I was actually at game one in the 2007 World Series. (Wednesday) night, I had my doubts up until the ninth inning. Being a Red Sox fan since I was a little kid, you always feel like the wheels are going to fall off the cart. It was great obviously, but it doesn’t quite compare to 2004.

To the many Red Sox die-hards in the area that were left out, hopefully we’ll get a chance to do this again next year.

And to the 80 or 90 percent of readers that were likely alienated by this column, well, no apologies here. Because until next year’s World Series — This is our “bleeping” city.

Times sportswriter Josh St.Croix can be reached at jstcroix@wdt.net

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