St. Louis, MO-- The full-page newspaper ad starts: "From one great baseball town to another."
With their beards shaved, their celebrations had and their duck boats bought, the Boston Red Sox had one more thing to do to celebrate their World Series win: A classy thank you to their opponents.
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The team took out a full page ad in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch today thanking Cardinals fans for "the warm Midwestern welcome extended to our team."
Here'e the full text:
"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."
The principal owner of the Boston Red Sox, John Henry, is also the owner of The Boston Globe, so he understands the power of a full-page ad. Last year, the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Bruins to win the Stanley Cup, and then took out an ad in the Boston Globe to thank the team and its fans for a great final.
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