BOSTON -- Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell said it wasn't easy, but he tried to keep Wednesday as normal as possible.
"Not to try to sound boring, but at the same time just trying to maintain a consistent approach," Farrell said in a press conference prior to Game 6 of the World Series. "Stopped at a normal place for a cup of coffee [and had] a chance to kind of collect your thoughts. But not to try to make anything out of the ordinary as far as your daily routine."
The Red Sox came into Game 6 against the National League champion St. Louis Cardinals with a chance to clinch a World Series title in Fenway Park for the first time since 1918. The last two titles -- in 2004 and 2007 -- were won in St. Louis and Denver, respectively.
And while Farrell said he wants to keep things on the same even keel as a game in July, the first-year manager did admit that wasn't the easiest thing to do.
"If we weren't aware of what is going on we're probably under a rock," he said. "Yeah, when you turn the TV on or whether you listen to a radio station o the way in, yeah, there's reminders all around us."
It's the first time the American League champions have hosted a Game 6 since 1975, and that game was the night that Carlton Fisk waved his home run ball fair. Fisk and Luis Tiant, two of the heroes of that 1975 team, threw out the ceremonial first pitches on Wednesday.
The Red Sox have led the World Series 3-2 on four different occasions, but won the Series only in 1918. They have also lost each of the last two World Series where they had the 3-2 advantage.
The 2013 Red Sox have taken their cues from designated hitter David Ortiz and second baseman Dustin Pedroia. Pedroia said before Game 6 that keeping things as regular as possible is very important.
"It's the same focus that we've had since Day One," Pedroia said. "We've got a game today and everyone goes out to try and do their best, play the game the right way and try to win that game. This is the game on the schedule that we have to play and try to win."
As simplistic as that sounds, outfielder Shane Victorino said that's been the key to the team's success.
"We're focused on today. We're not worried about tomorrow," he said. "If tomorrow comes, tomorrow comes. We've always focused on the game in front of us. We understand the magnitude."
The Red Sox took 2 out of 3 games from the Cardinals in St. Louis, and came back to Boston not worrying about needing two victories.
Pedroia, who was part of the 2007 World Series championship team, said he wasn't focusing on fans in the streets or what a Game 6 win means.
"I have a pretty simple life," Pedroia said. "I walk to the field and I really didn't see anything. I don't watch that much on TV. You kind of have blinders on right now."
For Victorino, Game 6 provides him an opportunity to experience Boston fans again.
"People call [Fenway Park] the ‘Cathedral of Baseball,' and I absolutely, 100 percent agree," said Victorino. "This place is a special place to play. I have been able to play in a place like Philadelphia and in a place like L.A. I've played in big markets and this is right up there with them.
"It's been great. We all understand the magnitude of the game and that we haven't won a championship in Fenway since 1918. I don't think there are that many people who can say they remember that or they were around. Playing in front of these fans every single night, it doesn't get any better."
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