"Needed a different size," the second baseman explained.
"What? Women's petite?" the manager joked.
"Hey, go ask Betancourt about that whiplash I gave him," Pedroia cracked.
Across the clubhouse, infielder Alex Cora recalled comments by Cleveland's Ryan Garko, who, in a reference to the Indians' ALDS victory over the Yankees, said that the celebratory champagne tasted just as good on the road as at home. (Boston mistakenly—or perhaps intentionally—advanced the notion that Garko had made the statement after the Game 5 loss to Beckett.) The Red Sox posted the quote on the inside of their clubhouse door as inspiration before Game 6.
"He's wrong," Cora said to a small group of reporters. "The champagne tastes best at Fenway! Write that!"
So a World Series had acquired its narrative: a Red Sox team that expects to win and a Rockies team that doesn't know how to lose. Such concepts only a few years ago might've seemed, to borrow a word, ridiculous.