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  • October 29th, 2018

    Red Sox 5, Los Angeles 1:
    Boston Red Sox, The 2018 World Series Champions!

    Posted by Christine E. at 8:28 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    Holy…Buckets! I don’t even know where to begin! I am still all pumped up, but as a result, I am exhausted (sucks winning on a school night–yeah #RedSoxProblems, I know…)

    But as a result, I am kinda all over the place, so as I did after the Sox beat the Skanks in the ALDS (ha ha ha ha ha ha ha , sorry, never gets old!), this is going to be a big ole stream of consciousness–or as conscious as I get, on like 5 hours of sleep…

    Here we go…

    .333/.500/1.167. When you see a triple slash like that, you might think that would come from someone like David Ortiz, or Mookie Betts, or JD Martinez. In this case, you would be wrong; these are the stats for Steve Pearce for the World Series. Born and raised a Red Sox fan, he was actually drafted by the Sox in 2004, but ended up playing for every other team in the AL East before he was traded to the Sox at the end of June. This is one of my favorite things about the postseason; one of those regular guys that plays the game every day, plays it right, and then has a series to remember. And I would say that World Series MVP is a pretty memorable thing.

    Oh, and for the record, his contract is up–we need to sign this guy again. Not only because, well, he is the WS MVP, but he is also a perfect complements to Mitch Moreland at 1st base. K Dave Dombrowski??

    And while Pearce was my pick, a compelling case could be made for a whole bunch of guys. And one who tops the list is someone I never thought I would say this about: David Price. Yes, I had absolutely no confidence in this guy, especially when he crashed and burned against the Skanks in the ALDS. (And I doubt I was the only one)But then he did a funny thing: he started pitching well–and started WINNING. And at the end of the World Series, David Price, with his 3 postseason wins and a 1.42 ERA, (including 2 series deciding contest), has gone a long way in combating the previous awful post season record (a 0-9 record with a 6.16 ERA in 11 career postseason starts.

    And how about Nate Eovaldi, who was supposed to start game 4, but instead through a 97-pitching, 6+ inning outing in relief in the longest game in World Series History. The mammoth 7-hour, 20 minute, 561 pitch, 18th inning Game 3 on Friday night. Unfortunately for his brilliance and being a good teammate, he ended up being the back luck loser, giving up the solo homer to Max Muncy (who???) in the 18th.

    But interestingly, (and another reason my opinion of him has changed), David Price acted like a true leader, and made sure he stayed with Nate after the game, even sitting on the bus next to him, fully supporting his teammate. Now THAT is being a good citizen…

    But while we do not always see Karma in play, we got to see some last night, as Manny Machado was the last out of the World Series. For a minute (ok, maybe 2) , I had hoped Sale would drill him in the backside, for his nonsense. But I think getting him out was probably the better call–no need to open a door that needed to be slammed shut…

    So, my daughter is 6.5, and this is the 2nd World Series the Red Sox have won in her lifetime (and no, I didn’t wake her up for this one either–1st graders need their rest). I was thinking about it this morning. I was 35(!!) before the Sox won ONE…and now they have 4…

    I’ll take that…

    And the 1st Hardware Alert so far: Mookie Betts wins the 2018 Fielding Bible Award for the 3rd year in a row. Given by ACTA, Mookie is once again unanimously chosen as the best Right Fielder in all of baseball. Over the last 3 years he has won the award, he has 83 Defensive Runs Saved. The next highest right fielder stats during the same time frame? 35. Yeah, that’s a no-brainer…You can check out all the winners here

    Coming up: The World Series Banner has been hung at Fenway, the Duck Parade is scheduled for Wednesday, and the postseason awards will continue for the next couple of weeks…

    And then the winter looms. But there is only about 108 odd days until Pitchers and Catchers…

    So what will their next trick for the 2019 Campaign be?

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