The champion Red Sox placed a full-page ad Tuesday in the St. Louis hometown newspaper tipping their hats to the Cardinals and their fans and thanking them for the warm welcome to the Midwest during the World Series.
The Boston Red Sox beat the Cardinals 6-1 in Game 6 on Oct. 30, taking the series win with four games to St. Louis' two.
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"From one great baseball town to another," was the headline that appeared over the ad that ran in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Tuesday.
"On behalf of our partners and the entire Red Sox organization, thank you St. Louis. The warm Midwestern welcome you extended to our team and our fans during this year's hard-fought World Series is truly appreciated. Your region, its people, and the entire Cardinals organization represent everything that's great about baseball.
"We share the same colors and rich, storied baseball history that stretches from Musial and Williams, to Molina and Pedroia. We're both home to the most loyal, passionate fans in the game. And the four World Series in which we've gone head-to-head are still etched in the memories of those who love our sport… So we tip our hats to each and every one of you. We look forward to seeing you again next August. Let's hope that it's just a prelude to meeting again in October."
In much of the coverage of the Series, sports reporters commented on the hospitality of St. Louis and its fans.
"Baseball at Fenway Park is quite unlike baseball at Busch Stadium, beyond the fact that both fan bases absolutely adore their teams," Red Sox reporter Ron Chimelis wrote on MassLive.com.
"I could sense the difference immediately upon arrival in Missouri. 'Welcome to St. Louis, Red Sox fans,' read a huge sign at the airport. I did not check to see if Logan Airport was similarly embracing Cardinals fans. Most Red Sox fans I know feel the best way to greet St. Louis supporters is to deny them their frequent flyer miles."
MLB historian John Thorn said the friendly attitude is engrained in Missourians.
"People of St. Louis are nice," he told Boston Magazine
. "Sports are a sublimated warfare, but the level of sublimation is not as great as it is in St Louis. In St. Louis, they realize if they lose, the sun will rise tomorrow. But Boston fans are much more intense."
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