2013 was a year to remember for Red Sox fans. The team faced adversity right from the start after an emotional month of April after the unfortunate happening of the Boston Marathon bombings. Two experienced closers went down in the Sox bullpen within the first three months and the team turned to high-five king Koji Uehara and there was no looking back. This 2013 team restored the faith in Red Sox Nation. Here are my top five moments of the 2013 season for the Boston Red Sox.
5. July 21st Napoli walks off against the Yankees
In a game that was on Sunday Night Baseball, which Adrian Gonzalez might not have liked, this Red Sox, Yankees game fit the bill of drama. The starters for each team were knocked out early, Sabathia for the Yankees and Dempster for the Sox. The bullpens for both teams were huge tossing up zeroes until the bottom of the eleventh, when Mike Napoli hit a walk off home run off the Yankees Adam Warren. The shot to center field was Napoli’s second of the game and was the Sox 60th win of the season on only July 21st. The walk-off was also the ninth of the season for the Sox in what was a wild season of walk-offs. Drake Britton and Pedro Beato pitched the last two innings of the game and would end up supplying the Sox with some solid innings down the stretch while shuffling back and forth between Pawtucket.
4. September 20th Sox Clinch the American League East
Just five months after the first home game after the marathon the Red Sox did something most “experts” did not expect them to even contend for in 2013. The Red Sox clinched the division after their 94th win against the Blue Jays on this Friday night in late September. The hats and t-shirts came out for the first time since 2008 for the Sox and they read “We Own The East.” Expectations were changed at the All-Star break when the Sox were in contention and they were certainly changed when they clinched the division. Greener pastures were in the future for the Sox. It seemed appropriate that on the night the Sox clinched the division that it was Jon Lester who got the win while turning to Junichi Tazawa and Koji Uehara to slam the door on the win.