The Boston Red Sox won the 2018 World Series. What a glorious moment to be able to copy and paste that first sentence from when I originally began this article on October 25th.
Nothing says World Series Champions like four double whiskey’s in the Los Angeles airport fresh off a flight (LAX no big deal.) Walked off that flight with my hands in the sky, shocked, not surprised, that we made such quick and swift work of the Dodgers. You would think a team that just lost a World Series would have a little more fight once we went up 3-1 in the series but I should of known earlier in the day when I yelled at a guy with a Dodgers hat and he said he wasn’t really a fan. There was no chance the Dodgers, or any team in the National League, had a chance against this goliath of a team. Andrew Benintendi, Jackie Bradley (Ortiz) Jr., and the American League MVP, Mookie Betts, cover more ground than most teams would with four guys out there. Mookie struggled for a bit, but nothing like hitting a homer off Clayton Kershaw to break the drought and bust open the World Series clincher.
The bullpen was a huge story along with 2 out runs in this series. Almost every time we got down to two outs the chances of us scoring doubled. Especially if Steve Pearce, soon to be the name of my first born, was walking up to the plate. The guy has been locked in and it’s awesome to see someone who nobody even knew would be on the team come out and win the World Series MVP. Runner up was the man who really rewrote his own legacy this postseason. David Price was chucking it in this series and if Pearce wasn’t clubbing baseballs out of the park, Price would have been the MVP for sure. This was the best we’ve seen Price and it couldn’t have come at a better time. He was a monster this postseason and I wish he was getting some sort of an award. A World Series ring will have to do.
Our bullpen, with a stiff combination of Nathan Eovaldi, Joe Kelly, Ryan Brasier, and Craig Kimbrel, outmatched what the Dodgers brought to the plate. I don’t know if Joe Kelly is ever going to give up another hit again. He was ROLLING last night and had a perfect 0.00 ERA after pitching in all 5 games this series. Game 3’s Eovaldi performance was one for the ages. I want to hold on to him this offseason just because his grit rating is through the roof. To be able to do what he did in Game 3, then dub yourself good to go for Game 4 is psycho shit.
Alex Cora Winning a title in his first season doesn’t surprise me because we did it with John Farrell in 2013. What was surprising was the dominance of every team we faced in the playoffs this year. 11-3 is a pretty damn good postseason record and the moves he made pitching wise were phenomenal. You forget that if Cora doesn’t put our starters in the bullpen from the ALDS on that maybe by the World Series everyone’s arms are tired. Thank god it’s just Eovaldi’s and not Sale’s. Speaking of, having Chris Sale close out a 5-1 game should be a move warranted with a white flag. The Dodgers knew once they saw Sale that they just lost back to back world Series. Two more and LA is the new Buffalo.
The best part of this is what the Red Sox just set in motion for Boston as a city. The Celtics and Bruins are both just starting their seasons, but already we look like contenders in each sport. The Patriots seem to be on a collision course with the Chiefs so it’ll be interesting to see if we make a move before the trade deadline. However, the chances are very real that we can make the elusive 4 sport city sweep. Thank god the Red Sox won, really would of felt like I cursed us for saying such a thing but now the wheel is spinning and Brady’s coming for every QB record. Let’s get to Atlanta.