The Boston Red Sox placed a full-page ad in Tuesday's St. Louis Post-Dispatch, thanking the city for its hospitality during the World Series. It also honored the St. Louis Cardinals, the team it beat in the Series and its fans.
The latimes.com reported the Chicago Blackhawks had done something similar when the NHL hockey team defeated the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup final.
"Your region, its people, and the entire Cardinals organization represent everything that's great about baseball," the advertisement stated.
The online article questioned whether the motive behind the advertisement was truly sincere or was smug.
According to deadspin.com, the advertisement said:
"From One Great Baseball Town to Another
On behalf of our partners and the entire Red Sox organization, thank you St. Louis. The warm Midwestern welcome you showed 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 to 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 all etched in the memories of those who love our sport.
So we tip our caps to each and every one of you. We look forward to seeing you again next August. Let's hope it's just a prelude to meeting again in October. "
The advertisement was signed by the owner, president and CEO of the Red Sox.
The New York Times reported the Red Sox beat the Cardinals this year in six games for its third World Series championship since 2004, but first clinched at home in 86 years, since 1918. The 2004 championship against the Cardinals was the team's first since the 1918 championship.