By Joshua Nord – @nordjoshua (Photo Source: Jae C. Hong/AP Photo)
Chris Sale struck out Manny Machado on a buckling swing to give the Red Sox their fourth World Series in the last fifteen seasons, and their ninth (technically tenth, I mean, why isn’t 1904 considered a win?) overall title.
You’ve heard all that before and will hear about it over the next few weeks after another fantastic title parade in the city of Boston.
Lets just appreciate what we saw though.
I mean, beyond a dominating world series. This is, objectively, the greatest Red Sox team in history. Think about that, the Sox have been around since 1903 when the won the first ever world series. That’s well over a century, and here in THIS season, we got to watch the best incarnation of the team. I feel blessed to have seen as many championships as we have as Sox fans. However, this team stands alone.
Where do we even start with this world series? Perhaps the most important aspect of this team has been the man formerly known as “The Most Miserable Man In Boston,” David Price. I mean it’s incredible how postseason storylines can turn on a dime. After just two games into the first round of playoffs, who wasn’t hang their heads in misery? Resigned to the idea that no matter how far we got into the postseason, David Price would never give us that chance to win. Yet something changed in Houston, I don’t think we’ll ever truly know what it was that spurred him to finally lift that mental block. He dominated a great Astros lineup, but the results speak for themselves. From that moment on, Price held his foot on the gas pedal and didn’t let up until the Sox had a championship. I’ll be spending much of the Wednesday parade screaming my apologies to him as his duckboat goes by. He’s deserved every bit of that.
Eovaldi should get a shout out too despite his most important postseason moment resulting in a loss. It’s unfair to put any blame on him, what he did should be held akin to Pedro Martinez 1999 ALDS game five performance. I would love for the Red Sox to do whatever it takes to retain Eovaldi. If not for his postseason heroics, but perhaps his fantastic attitude displayed throughout the post season, and more importantly how great he is against the Yankees.
It’s tough thinking about that game three. Sure it’s easier now with a ring on our fingers, but the marathon affair, so much so that even I couldn’t stay up for it, ending in heartbreak. I was sure that Ian Kinsler had provided my generation’s Bill Buckner moment. A last ditch effort that resulted in a costly error, which had me convinced it had cost us the series momentum with how much we taxed the bullpen that day.
That feeling of dread, gone now but not forgotten, felt magnetized when Puig put in the supposed dagger with a three run blast to put the Dodgers up 4-0 in game four. That image of pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez spiking his glove in anger with an elated Puig raising his arms in celebration felt like it could become an enduring image of the series. The emotions were raw, the showboating unparalleled, whatever your opinions on baseball’s mostly asinine unwritten rules are that moment was the apex of this sport even if we had to be on the receiving end of it.
Of course we can look back on it now with some sense of smugness. The disaster that would befall the Dodgers soon after was spurred by grinders like Mitch Moreland and Steve Pearce. Aided on by a Chris Sale so fired up you had to wonder if we were going to hear about another scissor incident. From that moment on I knew we were destined to win the championship. A team this good, a team this dependent on one another now motivated?
Game, set, match.
I give alot of respect to the Dodgers. Even if the series doesn’t reflect it, they were a talented team that fought hard to get back to that grand stage after falling just short last year. It’s some bad times in Los Angeles right now, but we, thankfully, aren’t Angelinos. We’re Bostonians, Titletown USA, and nothing, nothing is more special to this city then a Red Sox Championship.
BENNY & THE BETTS PODCAST (EP 98)
CAN SOX SIGN WORLD SERIES HERO EOVALDI? KIMBREL LIKELY GONE, WILL KELLY BE BACK? NUNEZ OPTS IN.. PEDROIA SLATED TO RETURN…. ANY ROOM FOR PEARCE?
Also avail on #itunes #spotify #stitcher