BOSTON -- By the end of the fourth inning, Major League Baseball already had issued rules and regulations to the media that would be covering the World Series' trophy presentation Wednesday night.
Sure, the email included the obligatory, "IF the Red Sox win Game 6 ... " But such a qualifier was not necessary.
The Red Sox led 6-0 at the time and, yes, it felt like it was over. What will be remembered as another highly successful season for the Cardinals (in a day or so) would be coming to an unfulfilling and unsatisfactory end. The final: 6-1.
For the second straight year, the Cardinals' season ended with a three-game losing streak in late October. They saved their worst for last this time, too.
The Red Sox scored three in the third and three more in the fourth off postseason phenom Michael Wacha, and that was more than they would need on the way to becoming the first team to win three World Series in the 21st century.
More significantly, this would be the first the Red Sox c...