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brian shactman here. it's halloween, but nobody cares about that in boston. we're here at historic fenway park as the red sox are now champs for the third time in the last ten years. this team truly went through a total transformation. if you remember 2011, epic collapse. last year, they were the laughing stock of sports. lost more than 90 games. i like the song, too. i just want to pause a bit. they grew some beards and put it all- ♪ touching me, touching you sorry. i'm a little giddy. so last night it all culminated as they celebrated the clinches win at home for the first time in 95 years. only the second team to win a title after finishing in last place the previous season.
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security was very tight. and there is another layer to this story. and it actually affects all of americans. this win comes 198 days after two bombs at the boston marathon killed three and injured more than 200 other people. the boston strong mantra became the rallying cry for the city. embraced by the entire country. and the baseball team that is the boston red sox took that moniker as an honor. >> this is the [ bleep ] city. nobody going to deck at a time us. stay strong. thank you. >> i was there that day. and it took everyone aback, but certainly struck a chord in everyone. when david ortiz said that on opening day, it changed everything. and he hit an unheard of .688 in the world series. in fact st. louis took the bat out of his hands last night walking him four times. but the red sox other bats woke up and beat the cardinals. ortiz won mvp honors and many
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consider him to be the new mr. october. although people on twitter have said you can't take that away from reggie jackson. it brings us to our twitter question, though. who is your most clutch sports hero of all-time? tweet your answers using #way too heroic. we'll put the best answers on the area later. we'll have a whole lot more on the world champs. we have a whole cast of characters all morning. but we want to talk about news right now starting with the fact that it's not just the president's critics. his own cabinet secretary calls the website, quote, miserably frustrating. kathleen sebelius struck an apologizing tone during testimony yesterday. she faced an almost four hour grilling. >> who is responsible for overseeing this project? is it you, or your designee? will. >> we own the site. the site has had serious
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problems. >> who is in charge, madame secretary? >> the person now in charge as an integrator is qssi, one of our -- >> who was in charge as it was being built? >> qssi was in charge up until -- >> at that team, who is the individual -- >> michelle snyder. >> she's responsible for the debacle? >> excuse me, michelle is not responsible for the debacle. hold me accountable for the debacle. i'm responsible. >> sebelius defended the president's claim that if you have a plan you liked, you could keep it. she insisted the people receiving cancellation notices will be offered better quality options. the key is at what price. while she acknowledged that would weeks was not enough time to test the website, the secretary pushed back against suggestions that sensitive information could be exposed to security flaws. and it is worth noting by the way twitter was alive with complaints that
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was again offline throughout her testimony. well, it sure looks like things have come full circle for president obama. he is back in campaign mode trying to sell his health care law to the public while using mitt romney's plan in massachusetts as an example. >> if it was hard doing it just in one state, it's harder to do it in all 50 states. especially when the governors of a bump nch of states and half o the congress aren't trying to help. yeah, it's hard, but it's worth it. it is the right thing to do and we'll keep moving forward. what can happen here in massachusetts could happen all across the country. and for them and for you, we are going to see this through. >> the problems surrounding along with the irs, benghazi, the nsa have left president obama with an apa approv an approval rating at an all-time low.
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just 42% approve of the job he's doing.rating at an all-time low. just 42% approve of the job he's doing. 51% disapprove. and for comparison sake, president george w. bush fell from 72% approval in 2002 post-9/11 to 39% by the same point in his second term. and for the first time in the survey, the president's positive/negative rating is actually upside down 41% to 45%. but public opinion for the gop also sinking to an all time low, just 2 2% see that party positively. bomb al poll also shows republicans and the tea party took more blame for the shutdown than did the president or the democrats. the nsa is denying a new report out of italy this time that claims the agency spied on one of the world's most secretive institutions. italian magazine reporting the agency spied on cardinals at the
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v the vatican during the conclave. surveillance allegedly included phone calls to and from the guest house where pope francis still stays today. the nsa also facing accusations of secretly tapping in to google and yahoo! data centers across the world. tactics would sweep up the information of millions of american users, google and yahoo! both say they had no knowledge the nsa accessed their data centers. let's go to business news right now. the federal reserve staying the course on its signs the u.s. economy is slowing down a bit. the fed announced yesterday it's pressing ahead with its stimulus campaign. includes low interest rates. i guess my micro phone went out. central bank says it will continue helping the economy because of weak signs in the housing and labor markets.
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on the positive side, u.s. deficit for the 2013 budget year, how about this, falling to $680 billion, that is a five year low. breaking news overnight in sear gentleman. an if i recall with the chemical weapons -- has met the deadline to destroy -- for tomorrow. and this comes as health officials racing this morning to stop a polio outbreak inflicting yet more damage amid the country's civil war. world health organization is confirming ten cases all in children under the age of four. there are 20 additional suspected cases. the outbreak is in two villages close to the border with iraq. hospitals there are in ruins as you might imagine and without power or proper medicine. another likely factor in the outbreaks is the lack of sanitation. health officials say about half of syria's children have been unable to receive vaccinations because of the fighting.
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sox up 3-0. boston's john lackey, i wouldn't say he was brilliant, but he was really, really between on the mou good on the mound. pitched out of several innings several times. two men on in the fourth. got matt holliday to fly out in the fifth. closer struck out matt carpenter and of course you have to let the celebration begin in boston. i want to bring in mike barnicle. obviously a lifer in boston. >> yeah. >> let's just start with i guess you were in st. louis in '04. colorado in '07. >> yes. >> and you weren't here in 1918 despite what we joke about all the time. >> i had school that day. >> how does this world series sort of -- put it in perspective
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in the backdrop of the other two wins. >> it's not comparable to '04 certainly. '07, it was terrific. this is different in a unique way. it's who are about t e's more a won the championship than the championship itself. the team is representative of the concept of resilience. . and represents the inner game of baseball as related to life. if you succeed three out of ten times in baseball, you're going to cooperstown. a lot of these guys aren't big star, but they worked hard every day. they had to are a when they flew back overnight from st. louis. and that's how they won, by being resilient. >> take about tlk about the mar
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bombing. it resonated throughout the country. to what degree did the team get caught up in the sentiment? >> they embraced the concept of a city on its knees, getting in to the swing of things literally no pun intended. i think you can make a bit too much of the metaphor, about the team winning the title because of the marathon bombing. that did not occur. but it had a profound impact on the newer players on the team and had a profound impact on the team as a whole bonding with the city certainly. >> we get a lot of flack for the boston focus on "morning joe" sometimes. but the truth is that it's one of the storied franchises in the game. just talk about the relationship between the baseball team and the city. >> the baseball team is part of the region actually. not just the city. and obviously again part of the
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reason that it is in the bloodstream here is because of all of the years of loss. from 1918 until 2004, they were without a world title. came close several times. >> and i was just going to say, because for me, they broke the streak that was historic. because of what happened in 2011 and what happened last year, they felt like underdogs again. people can like them again. >> that's the resellienilience . this is a very likeable team. likeable ball players. listen, they went there last to first to the world's championship, but also went from being one of the most loathed sports teams in all of professional sports, not just baseball, to one of the most loved. >> even red sox fans at the
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present time lididn't like the team last year. >> i didn't like the team. >> favorite memory of the year? year. >> i didn't like the team. >> favorite memory of the year?. >> i didn't like the team. >> favorite memory of the year?. >> i didn't like the team. >> favorite memory of the year?. >> i didn't like the team. >> favorite memory of the year? >> home run when they came back after the marathon bombing, the home run that won the game after a brief three day road trip in april. guy doing laundry four years ago. >> i would talk all the way through weather so bill could listen to it, but i do have a beef with bill. bill, you said it was going to be great, 55 degrees. >> i was trying to throw everyone off. i was hoping the red sox were listening and wouldn't dress appropriately. >> you throw everybody off daily. >> actually, i'm happy for you guys. as a yankee fan, i'm the happiest by in the world because now the stein prepabrenners wil
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up the checkbooks. >> that's not happening. yankees will have dark days for a couple years. and i'm not saying that just because i'm a sox fan. >> shout out to st. louis, though. the fans, team. p terrific people. >> and john farrell was the first one who said it. you have to give credit to the other team. they are a great organization. all right, bill, what have we got? >> in boston and many areas of new england, lucky we're not seeing a game seven tonight because it would be chilly and rainy. we had horrible flooding near austin. water rescues, water in houses. a lot of rivers in trouble in that region. and this rain will just wash out so many halloween plans. pouring in kansas city this morning. st. louis, cleveland, detroit, cincinnati, louisville, memphis, little rock, back town down to mississippi, rain pretty much all day long, maybe strong
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storms. so new york city northward, light showers, but a washout great lakes all the way to the deep south. unfortunately, this is one of the wettest halloween forecasts i've given in many, many years. >> all right, bill, thank you very much. we'll see you you tomorrow. coming up on morning joi joejoe have to figure out who to talk about now that the baseball season is over. >> this is a good break. i'd rather talk about this for a while rather than all the stuff in washington. >> seriously. red sox do keep us happy. lily...she pretty much lives in her favorite princess dress. but once a week i let her play sheriff so i can wash it.
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these are like the barnicle seats. i can only afford to sit in them when no one is in the ballpark. of course today we're celebrating the red sox winning the world series. david ortiz's impressive .688 batting average, second best behind billy patcher with the
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reds back in 1990. all in all this year, red sox won a total of 108 games. it was a pretty incredible night. the whole mj crew on hand. even louis in the house. joe and mika and of course barnicle grumpy as usual. steve rattner. i sat on top of the green monster, that was my view right near where shane victorino knocked that triple that cleared the batess bases. atmosphere absolutely electric. madness in the streets. these are people that didn't even have tickets to the game, they were just chanting outside the stadium because no one left the stadium. pretty incredible. and even the buildings pretty much summed it up how the city supported this team last night. but let's get to other nonred
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just fine. so you can be relieved. to the late nights, where big changes at mcdonald's has stephen colbert hot and bothered. >> this mcnugget of mcnews. supersized my anger and made me grimace. >> america's favorite fast food joint says between by to its dollar menu. >> mcdonald's dollar menu is getting a new name, dollar menu and more. it will include everything on the current dollar menu along with pricier items like a 20 piece mcnuggets for 5 bucks. >> dollar menu and more, or what other restaurants call, the menu. and it's all due to climate change. melting ice caps and florida getting swallowed up by rising seas is one thing. but from when the mcdouble goes from $1 to $1.12, the [ bleep ] just got real. >> all right. we're getting our first look at what happened when scandals start.
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all right. so david ortiz batted .688 in the world series. incredibly clutch performance. we asked the best clutch performances in sports. natalie sgro has a few answers. >> well, yoe sajoe said joe mon. and angela says clutch athlete
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the one and only michael air jordan. and ron says kirk gibson, '84 tigers and hobbled home run for l.a.. >> it was game one and he it didn't do it over game one. he didn't do it over the course of the series he was hurt but it was a single amazing clutch play. next at fenway park, "morning joe". >> here comes the 2-1 pitch. high fly ball to left. this ball is off the monster. one run scores. here comes ortiz. here comes gomes. he is safe! he brings it home. pitch number 59. hit into right center. back at the wall.