The song wasn’t written for the Red Sox, but it probably should have been. Heck, they even adopted it as their anthem, the lyrics blaring in the clubhouse during each of the sudsy celebrations that became so common throughout this magical autumn.

Started from the bottom, now we’re here.

The Red Sox couldn’t have been any lower when general manager Ben Cherington began to build the team that would go on this journey that culminated last night with a 6-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals and a World Series championship, the first to be won on their home turf since 1918.

If 2004 was about reversing the Curse, and 2007 was about validating that first title, then this was about redemption, about restoring the good name of a franchise sullied by a hellish 13 months of ne’er-do-well pitchers who guzzled beer and munched on fried chicken during a September collapse for the ages and the 93-loss nightmare of a season that followed.

Anybody remember any of that now?

Didn’t think so.

All was washed away last night in Game 6 of the World Series, beginning with another bases-clearing swing by Shane Victorino and ending the only way that it could, with indomitable closer Koji Uehara racking up another strikeout, leaping into catcher David Ross’ arms and pointing skyward, having safely secured the Sox’ 108th victory in a season that was as satisfying as any ever played in the 101-year history of Fenway Park.

“At some point, you begin to think there’s something special happening here. You had more and more of a feeling that this was a special team,” principal owner John Henry said. “But I don’t remember thinking it was going to end this way.”

Nobody did. Well, except a group of players who insisted from the start of spring training that they wouldn’t only contend for the playoffs but that they could actually win a championship. They bonded over everything, from their runaway beards to a cigar store indian that was purchased in August by pitcher Jake Peavy and became a lucky charm.

And, of course, they rallied in April around a city that was reeling from the tragic bombings at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
“This was above us as a group,” Ross said. “This was bigger than a baseball team, an organization. The city brought passion, character. This was bigger than just the Boston Red Sox and the guys on the field. This is a great win for the city of Boston.”