special commemorative section

Red Sox fixed what was broken in a magical season

Even in the year 2101, fans in Boston will look back fondly on what the Red Sox did for the franchise and the city this year.

The Red Sox win in the World Series marked the first time since 1918 that the team clinched a championship at home.

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The Red Sox' win in the World Series marked the first time since 1918 that the team clinched a championship at home.

Koji Uehara, who emerged as a surprising lockdown  closer late in the season, recorded the final out for Boston before jumping into the arms of catcher David Ross.

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Koji Uehara, who emerged as a surprising lockdown closer late in the season, recorded the final out for Boston before jumping into the arms of catcher David Ross.

The win concluded a turnaround from worst to first for the Red Sox, who became just the second team to win a title a year after finishing in last place.

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The win concluded a turnaround from worst to first for the Red Sox, who became just the second team to win a title a year after finishing in last place.

The Red Sox drew support from all around Boston during the World Series, and even had the Prudential tower illuminated in their honor.

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The Red Sox drew support from all around Boston during the World Series, and even had the Prudential tower illuminated in their honor.

Their playoff run produced this iconic photo of Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter upended in lame pursuit of a David Ortiz grand slam as Boston police officer Steve Horgan celebrated during a come-from-behind win in the ALCS.

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Their playoff run produced this iconic photo of Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter upended in lame pursuit of a David Ortiz grand slam as Boston police officer Steve Horgan celebrated during a come-from-behind win in the ALCS.

It seemed as if the skies brightened around Ortiz for much of the postseason. Ortiz won World Series MVP honors after reaching base in 19 of 25 plate appearances.

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It seemed as if the skies brightened around Ortiz for much of the postseason. Ortiz won World Series MVP honors after reaching base in 19 of 25 plate appearances.

Ortiz helped the Red Sox get an early edge over the Cardinals in the World Series while sliding home with the third run of Mike Napoli's bases-clearing double in the 8-1 Game 1 victory.

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Ortiz helped the Red Sox get an early edge over the Cardinals in the World Series while sliding home with the third run of Mike Napoli's bases-clearing double in the 8-1 Game 1 victory.

Boston fans delighted in seeing the World Series return to town just one year after the Red Sox won just 69 games, the franchise's worst showing since 1965.

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Boston fans delighted in seeing the World Series return to town just one year after the Red Sox won just 69 games, the franchise's worst showing since 1965.

The Red Sox encountered trouble in St. Louis, when Game 3 ended in a controversial obstruction call on Will Middlebrooks that allowed Allen Craig to score this walk-off run that put Boston in a 2-1 series hole.

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The Red Sox encountered trouble in St. Louis, when Game 3 ended in a controversial obstruction call on Will Middlebrooks that allowed Allen Craig to score this walk-off run that put Boston in a 2-1 series hole.

But the Red Sox bounced back the next night. Jonny Gomes blasted a three-run home run to power a Game 4 victory.

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But the Red Sox bounced back the next night. Jonny Gomes blasted a three-run home run to power a Game 4 victory.

A night later, manager John Farrell claimed another win and took his team back to Boston with a 3-2 series lead

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A night later, manager John Farrell claimed another win and took his team back to Boston with a 3-2 series lead.

In the clinching Game 6 win, Shane Victorino gave the Red Sox all the offense they would need with a three-run double in the third inning.

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In the clinching Game 6 win, Shane Victorino gave the Red Sox all the offense they would need with a three-run double in the third inning.

A joyous Ortiz emerged from the dugout to lift up Uehara in celebration after the closer slammed the door on the 6-1 victory.

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A joyous Ortiz emerged from the dugout to lift up Uehara in celebration after the closer slammed the door on the 6-1 victory.

Gomes waived a championship flag as he celebrated the title with the fans inside Fenway Park.

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Gomes waived a championship flag as he celebrated the title with the fans inside Fenway Park.

Ortiz led the champagne celebration inside the clubhouse after he earned his third World Series title since arriving in Boston in 2003.

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Ortiz led the champagne celebration inside the clubhouse after he earned his third World Series title since arriving in Boston in 2003.

Dustin Pedroia, who played through injuries at the end of the embarrassing 2012 season, ended the 2013 campaign in possession of the World Series trophy for the second time in his career.

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Dustin Pedroia, who played through injuries at the end of the embarrassing 2012 season, ended the 2013 campaign in possession of the World Series trophy for the second time in his career.

Inside the roster

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2013/11/02/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/soxsq-17379.jpg These players made Red Sox lovable again

Look back on the many players whose contributions helped put the Red Sox back in the winners’ circle.

standout games

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Look back at some of the most significant moments of the Red Sox’ march to the championship.

GRAPHIC

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2013/11/01/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/davis_sox49_spts[1]--90x90.jpg Playoffs are David Ortiz’s time to shine

Ortiz showed again this postseason that he steps his game up in October. Take a look at how much.

INTERACTIVE TIMELINE

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Look back at some of the highs and lows the Red Sox have experienced at Fenway Park in postseason play.

INTERACTIVE GRAPHIC

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2013/11/02/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Capture3--150x150-17393--90x90.JPG Inning by inning with the 2013 Red Sox

Go inside the Red Sox’ season with details on how they fared in every inning in our interactive database.

comparing the champions

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2013/11/01/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/chin102813sox25spt--90x90.jpg Three different casts for three different titles

With the notable exception of David Ortiz, the Red Sox used three different casts to win three titles over the last 10 years. Yet the roles have remained the same.

success at the top

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2013/11/01/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Redsox09-17202--90x90.jpg John Farrell now joins rare group of Red Sox managers

Farrell has now succeeded where many have previously failed in becoming just the 6th manager to lead the Red Sox to a title.

looking back

Red Sox, Cardinals now even in World Series play

The Red Sox’ victory in this series added a new chapter to one of baseball’s most historic rivalries.

franchise playoff results

Title was Red Sox’ 8th in team history

Their third title in ten years added several new winning chapters to a postseason history that was for a long time dominated by defeats.

on baseball

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2013/11/01/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/davis_wsgm625A_spts[1]--90x90.jpg What’s next for Red Sox?

GM Ben Cherington must begin to shape his 2014 roster now, while trying to avoid the pitfalls that have tripped up past champions.

Christopher L. Gasper

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2013/11/03/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/gasper-17551.jpg Red Sox ownership deserves credit for turnaround

What a difference a year makes for both the perception and the reality of the Red Sox ownership trio.

Christopher L. Gasper

These Red Sox just would not be beaten

It couldn’t have ended any other way. These retooled Red Sox had destiny in their dugout. Certain seasons, certain teams just can’t lose.

Bob Ryan

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2013/11/03/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/bob_ryan-17565.jpg Who are the 25 greatest Red Sox of all time?

David Ortiz now owns three World Series titles in Boston. Does that merit inclusion in the team’s all-time top 10 players?

dan shaughnessy

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2013/05/25/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Shaughnessy_150px.jpg A World Series win that no one predicted

The 2013 Red Sox, the motley crew that left Fort Myers begging, “Please don’t hate us,’’ completed the ultimate redemption song.

Dan Shaughnessy

Red Sox were a true feel-good story for Boston

The 2013 Sox were a gift; they were likable, and more important, they liked one another.

Kevin Cullen

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2013/11/01/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/Kevin_Cullen_150px-15094.jpg With Red Sox victory, a lesson in hope

We flirt with cliché when linking the World Series win to the Marathon bombings, but we do so because we are looking for deeper meaning.

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PHOTOS

Scenes from a champagne-doused celebration

Go inside the Red Sox locker room after the World Series win.

Photos: Best of the World Series

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See the best photos from the Red Sox’ run through the playoffs to become World Series champions.

World Series: Red Sox beat Cardinals, 4-2

Red Sox book

For Boston: From Worst to First, The Improbable Dream Season of the 2013 Red Sox

This has been a season to remember for Red Sox fans. "For Boston" offers the perfect way to relive the highlights and revel in the triumph of a team and a city that refused to be counted out.

ALDS: Red Sox beat Rays, 3-1

The Red Sox celebrated their series-clinching victory over the Rays.

red sox 3, rays 1

Red Sox move on to ALCS

The Sox locked down the Rays to claim the ALDS in four games and will now face the Tigers or Athletics when the next round begins at Fenway on Saturday.