Originally written on The Sports Post  |  Last updated 11/14/14
On Wednesday night, the incredible journey of John Lackey and the 2013 Boston Red Sox came full circle. At approximately 11:27 PM EST, Red Sox closer Koji Uehara got the final out on a strikeout to clinch the first World Series title for the Red Sox at Fenway Park since 1918. After the misery of the last two seasons, the chicken and beer, Bobby Valentine, etc, and the bombing this year at the Boston Marathon, the Red Sox lifted a city and brought it a World Series Championship. The Red Sox completed the greatest worst-to-first finish in Major League Baseball history. After finishing 69-93 the previous season, their worst record since the 1965 season, they had a terrific year, winning 97 games and now the World Series. But like the team itself, the Red Sox Game 6 starter John Lackey endured an unlikely journey to where he is now. A key member of the chicken and beer 2011 Red Sox collapse team, he had become a lightning rod for ridicule by Red Sox fans and missed all of last season with Tommy John surgery. This year was different though. He came into spring training leaner and in shape and the results showed. Fans took notice of John Lackey's transformation and finally began to embrace and root for him. His ERA this season was a sterling 3.52, down from a ungainly 6.41 in 2011. His turnaround paralleled the turnaround and journey of this Red Sox team. It is hard to believe that two years ago, Red Sox fans were cursing his name and now those very same fans chanted his name and gave him a standing ovation as he guided the team Wednesday night to a World Series championship. In the most important game of the season, he allowed one run in 6.2 innings, shutting down the Cardinals. "Pretty cool, man. Pretty cool. I've heard a lot of different other ones, so it was nice," Lackey told media members after the game, including ESPN Boston columnist, Joe McDonald. For now, Red Sox fans have forgiven him and this team. After the misery of the last two seasons, the chicken and beer, Bobby Valentine, etc, and the bombing this year at the Boston Marathon, the Red Sox lifted a city and brought it a World Series Championship. The Red Sox were able to accomplish and complete what the Boston Bruins unfortunately could not. Bringing a world championship back to Boston to completely heal those wounds, metaphorically speaking. "When the Sox, the Celtics, the Patriots or Bruins are champions again ... the crowds will gather and watch a parade go down Boylston St," President Barack Obama said at the memorial service in Boston back in April in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings. After Wednesday night, John Lackey and the Red Sox can have all the chicken and beer they want, because they are World Series Champions.
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

WATCH: Cormier tells Jones to get his s-- together

Fans holding 'Free Tom Brady Rally' at Gillette Stadium

Josh Hamilton to be activated by Rangers

WATCH: Top CB recruit makes insane catch doing backflip

Biggest surprises of the MLB season


Marcus Mariota leads NFL in jersey sales for May

Report: Scott Skiles frontrunner for Magic coaching job

Shanahan: injuries are not why Robert Griffin III struggles

Kyle Korver ruled out for remainder of playoffs

Randy Moss attends cancer survivor's graduation

Roger Staubach shares thoughts on Greg Hardy

Warriors crush Rockets in Houston to take 3-0 series lead

WATCH: D'Angelo Russell whiffs on horrible golf swing

Brian Matusz ejected for having foreign substance on arm

PHOTO: Don Cherry wears wild suit even for his taste

PHOTOS: Gigantic sinkhole at Jack Nicklaus golf course

WATCH: Memphis player catches defense sleeping, scores

WATCH: Astros turn around-the-horn triple play

French Open Women's preview: Who will make the quarters?

WATCH: Bryan Price gets ejected before game starts

WATCH: Vin Scully narrates fan's marriage proposal

WATCH: Harper, Matt Williams have special handshake

The Yankees are succeeding despite the numbers

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Eight biggest surprises of the MLB season

Bryan Price ejected before first pitch

Vin Scully narrates marriage proposal

Pats fan's obituary defends Brady

Marlins players skip own charity event

John Wall tells All-NBA Team voters to ‘keep sleeping’

Jim Kelly: No doubt Tom Brady cheated

Post-combine NBA Draft big board: Top 30

Ex-players sue NFL for conspiring to push painkillers

Astros surprising, but can get better with Correa

Here come the Giants

Aaron Hernandez got new tattoo in prison

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.