Did you know?: During a game that carried into the dusk hours, Clarkson once pitched a lemon to the plate to persuade the umpire, Jack Kerins to call the game due to darkness. Kerins called the lemon a strike, and when shown by Boston’s catcher that he had called a lemon a strike, Kerins finally called the game.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Brown Sox Capture Title #4

The Boston Brown Sox bolted from the dugout even before the last grounder was scooped up. After waiting nine seasons for championship No. 4, no one would dare hold them back.

"It feels better than I imagined it, man," pitcher Mariano Pena said. "It's been a long time."

Pena is one of the elder statesman for the Brown Sox. Boston, known for reloading with top of the line players year in and year out, made the most of their talent this year to win 4-1 over the Tacoma Timebombs.

The Brown Sox won with dominating pitching, led by Cy Young winner Vinny O'Connor. While their monster bats hit decently, it was their pitching which led them to the 4-1 series win.

“It’s just what we’ve been doing all year.” Said O’Connor after he was doused in champagne, “We take pride in shutting the other teams bats down, and all I can say is let’s do it again next year!!!”

"The Brown Sox won. The world is right again," team president Jackson Richards said.

While that sentiment may not be felt by all of Clarkson, no one can say the Brown Sox haven’t won a ton of games over the years. But recent playoff woes had taken their toll on Sox fans.

“Our fans stood by us through thick and thin and now we stand here as world champions," said catcher Ivan Cairo, "We're going to enjoy it, and we're going to party!"

For the Timebombs, it was a frustrating end to another quality season. After experiencing their own recent playoff woes, they had finally broke through with a 112 win season and their first World Series Trip since season 4. But it wasn’t meant to be.

"I told them that I loved the way they played. We're fighters and never quit," Tacoma manager Pedro Cedeno said. "We want to keep what we got as far as attitude and chemistry."

For second-year manager Nick Randall, it was the fulfillment of a mission. When he took over the Brown Sox in Season 19, he chose uniform No. 4, putting his quest on his back for all to see.His tenure didn't start out so well, with Boston falling flat in the playoffs in season 19.

"To be able to deliver this championship to all our fans out there, it really is special." Randall said, “Maybe I should change my number to five next year huh?”

Moments after second baseman Shea Sorrento fielded Richie Parkers grounder and threw to first for the final out, Iago Cole and Hector Guerrero led a victory lap around the warning track, carrying flags that read " World Series champions." Players high-fived fans, then sprayed bubby behind the mound.

It was a long wait for many fans of the Brown Sox, but from the way fans celebrated outside the stadium, it was well worth the wait.

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