Well, it only took 5 years, a few extra millions of dollars and a brand new coach, but the Boston Red Sox are World Series Champions again. The Red Sox defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 in Game 5, taking the series 4-1.
The Sox didn’t have it easy after entering Dodger Stadium up 2 games to none. After Max Muncy walked the Sox off in the 18th inning of Game 3, questions circled about whether or not Alex Cora, the rookie skipper of the Red Sox, put his team in a hole.
Eduardo Rodriguez silenced those worries for almost 6 innings until Yasiel Puig hit an absolute no-doubter. The Red Sox were down 4, facing a 2-2 series tie.
That’s when fate decided to intervene.
Mitch Moreland, known for his affinity for doubles, decided enough was enough and sent a Kenley Jansen offering into the right-field bleachers, plating himself and two teammates. The following inning, Steve Pearce, the second layer to ever play for every AL East franchise, parked a solo shot to bring the game to a 4-4 tie going into the 8th.
In the 9th inning, the Red Sox put up another 5 runs, most of them coming off a bases loaded double by, guess who, Steve Pearce.
The Dodgers would get two more in the 9th, but their fate had been sealed in Game 4.
Game 5 was a similar story with different characters.
Alex Cora names David Price the Game 5 starter at the end of his postgame press conference, and that left some writers scratching their heads. With a safe move in keeping Chris Sale for Game 6 from a manager who doesn’t play for tomorrow, David Price isn’t the safest bet.
Price must have heard us, since he absolutely dominated in Game 5, going 7 innings, surrendering 1 run on 3 hits, including a first-pitch home run to David Freese, and striking out 5. Price who came into the season without a postseason win, finishes it off with 3.
However, the biggest story of the night was the the Red Sox bats.
Clayton Kershaw may be one of the greatest pitchers to ever take the mound, but his alter-ego in the playoffs is actual trash. Seriously, Kershaw’s postseason ERA is a full 2 runs higher than his career stat. That’s not good.
So when Steve Pearce took him deep for two runs in the first inning, thing’s were not looking good. However, with David Freese shifting the momentum closer to LA with his first inning blast, Kershaw seemed to calm down.
And then Mookie Betts decided to remind us why he’s the front-runner for AL MVP is. Mookie’s first hit since what feels like 1947 put the Sox up 3-1 and soon they’d be up 4-1 after J.D. Martinez decided to once again remind the Tigers what they gave up when dealing him to Arizona for peanuts in 2017.
And then Steve Pearce goes yard. AGAIN.
If you had told me at the beginning of the season that the Red Sox were going to win a World Series ring because of a game won by David Price, who came back to pitch in the 8th, and that Steve Pearce would go yard twice, I wouldn’t believe you.
But there’s a lot of things I would have never believed about this Red Sox team. I would have never believed I’d see a Red Sox team win 108 games in the regular season. I would have never thought I’d fall in love with a group of guys the way I did with the 2004 Red Sox. There’s no way I would have ever thought that I would watch a Red Sox team that would be greater than the teams that my grandfather and my father watched and told me about.
Like the ones Steve Pearce’s father told him about.
The kind of teams I’ll tell my kids about.
I would have never believed this kind of greatness was possible.
But then again… this Sox team is unbelievable.
And now, they’re immortal.