When I moved to Boston 20 years ago, the Red Sox were a team that always played well but often fell short of making the playoffs. Or if they did make the postseason, they would lose in some horrible way. Now they seem to win World Series Championships routinely. Last night’s win by the Red Sox finished a 4 games-to-1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers. They’ve added another trophy to go alongside the ones from 2004, 2007, and 2013 for 4 championships in 15 years.
Each team is special in there own way, but the 2018 team is by far the most dominant Red Sox team I’ve ever seen. After winning a team-record 108 games in the regular season, they beat the 100-win Yankees 3-to-1 in the ALDS, the 103-win defending champion Astros 4-1 in the ALCS, and the Dodgers – returning for a second consecutive World Series – 4-1. The team went 7-1 on the road in the postseason and clinched all three series in the opponent’s ballpark.
This team also just seems to be plain likable. There’s the core of young killer B’s – Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley, Jr., Andrew Benintendi, and Xander Bogaerts. There are veterans brought in from other teams specifically to get the Red Sox to another World Championship – J.D. Martinez, Chris Sale, and David Price. And there are the role players who stepped up big in the most unlikely situations – Nathan Eovaldi, Joe Kelly, Brock Holt, Eduardo Nunez, and World Series MVP Steve Pearce.
I got to see the Red Sox with my family at several games at Fenway, as well as at the White Sox ballpark in Chicago, and even game 2 of the ALCS. Is was a fun and entertaining season. And now the long winter of baseball emptiness begins. But first, there’s a parade on Halloween!