DENVER - Perched high above his raucous teammates, David Ortiz sprayed bottles of bubbly in every direction, dousing everyone in sight, including himself.
Then it was time to deliver a message.
“When you wear Red Sox on your shirt,” he hollered from atop a clubhouse table, “you’re good at something.”
There’s a new monster, and this one’s in Boston, too.
Overwhelming in every way, the Red Sox swept to their second World Series title in four years Sunday night. Jon Lester, Mike Lowell & Co. left little room for drama with a 4-3 win over the Colorado Rockies in Game 4.
Then again, no NL team could have blocked Boston this October.
This was hardly a repeat from 2004, when the Red Sox ended their 86-year championship drought by beating St. Louis. Boston is a major league bully these days, playing in rarefied air before crowds who demand to win.
“It doesn’t get old,” manager Terry Francona said.
Gone are those pleading, pathetic days when the Red Sox were practically begging to win a title. They’ve got this down pat now.
At this rate, New England fans might get spoiled. Francona’s team has become a perfect counterpart to coach Bill Belichick’s bruisers on the Patriots.
After trailing Cleveland 3-1 in the AL championship series, the Red Sox won seven straight games and won their seventh World Series crown.
The wild-card Rockies, who won a remarkable 21 of 22 games to get this far, were a mere afterthought by the end. Brad Hawpe homered in the seventh inning and Garrett Atkins hit a two-run shot in the eighth that came too late.
“At the end of the day, you look back on the game. How did you execute?” Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. “They executed better than us all four games.”
Lester, undergoing chemotherapy at this time last year for cancer, pitched shutout ball into the sixth inning and Jonathan Papelbon closed with his third save of the Series.
Lowell won the MVP award, though Boston had plenty of candidates. Especially in a year in which Japanese stars Daisuke Matsuzaka and Hideki Okajima helped put the world in World Series.
Lowell led a team that hit .333 in the Series with a home run, double and headfirst slide to score a run Sunday. He also won a ring in 2003 with underdog Florida.
“A little different,” he said. “I think with the Marlins no one expected us to do this and I think with the Red Sox people expect you to win and I think both are very satisfying.”
Rookie Jacoby Ellsbury got it started with a leadoff double and, even without big contributions from sluggers Manny Ramirez and Ortiz, Boston was too good. Bobby Kielty made the most of his first appearance in this Series, connecting for a pinch-hit home run in the eighth.
Coors Field was filled with Red Sox fans, many of them brazenly waving brooms they might have brought from the Green Monster seats at Fenway Park.
Of the seven postseason series this year, five ended in sweeps. The Rockies’ last chance to avoid it came in the ninth, when Jamey Carroll flied out to the wall for the second out in the ninth.
By the ninth inning, only one mystery really remained: What would happen to the ball from the final out? Remember, it took all sorts of gyrations after Boston’s most recent title before Doug Mientkiewicz donated his souvenir to the Hall of Fame.
This time, Jason Varitek caught the final pitch and tucked it in his back pocket as Papelbon threw his glove high in the air after striking out pinch-hitter Seth Smith. The Red Sox spilled out of the dugout to party between the mound and first.
The nation grieved for those hurt, killed and affected by the Boston Marathon bombings. After one of the suspects was caught on Friday — following a day-long lockdown and manhunt — sports returned to Boston over the weekend.
Rockies fans spent part of the night trying to outshout hundreds of Red Sox rooters — Boston folks apparently figured how to cut through Colorado’s online ticket mixup.
The crowd in purple hollered louder, but that’s the only matchup Colorado won this week.
In every other phase, Boston was better.
Ace Josh Beckett dominated in Game 1, relievers Papelbon and Okajima closed out Game 2 and rookies Dustin Pedroia, Ellsbury and Matsuzaka starred in Game 3.
When the Red Sox won in 2004, it represented a catharsis for fans all over New England. Many had wondered whether they’d live to see a championship — in fact, as fall turned to winter, tombstones showed up from Bangor to Brattleboro with references to the title.
Then, even bit players like Dave Roberts became household names to anyone wearing the fancy Boston “B.” Backups such as Pokey Reese joined Paul Revere and Plymouth Rock in local lore.
Now, expectations are a lot different. Instead of “Wait till next year,” it’s “Next year, too!”
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