David Ross has ball from final World Series out: ‘Whoever wants it can have it’
|10.31.13 at 4:19 am ET|
Sometimes, an out is an out. That time was not in the late hours of Wednesday night.
Catcher David Ross did not merely want Koji Uehara to retire Matt Carpenter to close out the World Series. The veteran, who emerged as the team’s primary catching option during the World Series, wanted a strikeout, which would offer the opportunity to be at the epicenter of the Red Sox‘ first home World Series celebration in 95 years.
It wasn’t easy, but after Carpenter fouled off three straight pitches, Uehara finally put him away with a splitter off the plate for the final out of a 6-1, mayhem-inducing victory over the Cardinals.
“I was hoping he’d punch him out. We have so much faith in Koji and what he does. That guy is a stud, I wanted him to get that last strikeout so bad,” said Ross. “He did and all I could do was thank the Lord for being there, run and go let him jump in my arms.”
That Uehara punched out Carpenter came with an intriguing offshoot. The ball that secured a championship stayed in Ross’ glove and possession, making him — like Doug Mientkiewicz and Jonathan Papelbon before him — the curator of a critical historical artifact. Yet Ross hardly seems intent on taking the precious item and defecting with it to a foreign land. The avuncular catcher was nothing short of magnanimous in articulating his plans for it.
“It’s in my locker. Whoever wants it can have it — owner, manager, Koji, whoever wants it can have it,” said Ross. “I’ve got a world championship to put in my back pocket.”
For a 36-year-old career backup who had never played beyond the Division Series round in his first 11 big league seasons, the title mattered more than any souvenirs.
“It’s unbelievable,” he said. “I’m just enjoying this with my teammates. It hasn’t sunk in.”
Latest from Bleacher Report
- David Ortiz Discusses Retirement from Baseball, Time with Red Sox
- Jackie Bradley Jr. Is Now a Red Sox Star
- Big Papi Cementing His Legend with a Bang
- Ortiz Passes Banks, Mathews for 22nd Place on MLB's HR List
- Red Sox's High-Octane Offense Fueling Rise Back to Prominence
- Red Sox Score Double-Digit Runs for 4th Consecutive Game
- Red Sox 1st Team Since 1999 to Score 13+ Runs in 3 Straight
- Cup of Coffee: Espinoza dominates in mid-week matinee
- Cup of Coffee: Rodriguez fires seven strong innings in rehab start
- Cup of Coffee: Raudes strikes out eight over six scoreless frames
- Weekly Notes: Rodriguez to start tomorrow for Pawtucket
- Cup of Coffee: Ball shines again for Salem
- The Write-Up: Eduardo Rodriguez
- Cup of Coffee: Kemp homers twice, Light hits 101
- Cup of Coffee: Moore comes through in the clutch for Salem
- Cup of Coffee: Moncada wins it in extras
- Cup of Coffee: Elias's career night powers Pawtucket