BOSTON -- Remember when we thought the Red Sox would never win one of these?
What a difference a decade makes.
The Sox completed the 10-year trifecta Wednesday night, romping past the Cardinals, 6-1, and clinching the 2013 World Series championship, their third Series title in the last 10 seasons. The Sox become the first team to win three championships in the 21st century -- they were also the first team to win two championships this century -- and now have eight Series crowns overall, the fourth-highest total in MLB history.
And while this Series wasn't as easy as the four-game sweeps they pulled over the Cardinals in 2004 and Rockies in 2007 -- St. Louis won Games 2 and 3 and put up hard battles in Games 4 and 5 -- Wednesday night was virtually a three-hour party.