TOKYO: Pitcher Koji Uehara was hailed at home as a Japanese hero as he helped the Boston Red Sox clinch the World Series after some hit-and-miss years in Major League Baseball. The news of Boston’s 6-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals at home came shortly after noon in Japan, and evening newspapers were full of praise for the 38-year-old closer. “Uehara at the top of the world,” read a front-page headline in the popular daily Tokyo Shimbun. “The tenacity of weeds flourishes,” said the influential Asahi Shimbun. In the World Series game, the 188-centimeters (6ft 2ins) right-hander was called in the ninth inning. He had saved Boston’s two last games in the series.