Red Sox continue to mock Yankees after World Series win

Eloise Marshall
October 29, 2018

This is a city known for stories that stretch believability, both of the personal and professional variety. They won a franchise-record 108 games in the regular season. Boston's payroll and talent base make the franchise an annual threat. They went 22-9-1 in spring training. He adds [Eduardo] Nuñez and [World Series MVP Steve] Pearce and then [Ian] Kinsler and then Nate [Eovaldi].

"Just because I failed in October for about nine straight years, it didn't take away my passion from baseball", Price said before the first of his two World Series starts.

Boston outscored the Dodgers 28-16 and had only a slightly better batting average at.222 to.180.

Here are some thoughts on the Red Sox's Game 5 victory and 2018 World Series championship.

Price ended his career postseason winless streak in starts (0-10, 6.16 in his first 11) with his win over the Astros to clinch the American League pennant. "This is what I envisioned".

Spanning the regular season and postseason, Boston won a total of 119 games, the third-highest total in baseball history. "I'm happy we were able to do it". He transformed into one of the driving forces behind the latest Red Sox championship, dominating one last time on Sunday night in Chavez Ravine.

"He was dominant", Pearce said. And Steve Pearce, a 2016 Ray, knocked in eight runs in the Series, hitting a pair of homers Sunday, including a two-run shot in the first, after hitting a tying blast in the eighth in Saturday's Game 4 win.

Manny Machado finished his 103 and last day as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers down on one knee. Yogi Berra (1956), Johnny Bench (1976), Reggie Jackson (1977) and Eddie Murray (1983) also populate a list littered with Hall of Famers, elite company joined by a midseason acquisition from the Blue Jays.

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Price survived some early bumps that previously might have dented his psyche. Pinch-hitter Mitch Moreland stunned the Dodgers with a three-run home run in the seventh that started Boston's comeback in Game 4. "We've been talking about it for five games now". "To be here right now is a dream come true". - Boston's ace on the mound, Chris Sale and L.A.'s Clayton Kershaw. "It was awesome", his wife, Tiffany, said. "Every pitch, every inning, he was doing a great job". "He's the same guy in the first inning as he is in the ninth inning of a 10-1 ballgame or 3-3 ballgame".

"We are a bunch of grinders", Pearce said, "and this is exactly where we knew we were going to be". "You saw how he settled [down] in the middle innings".

Or it may have meant another Red Sox loss. Martinez homered in the seventh, driving a fastball to straightway center. He went deep to left in the eighth inning off Pedro Baez.

After allowing two runs over six innings to win Game 2 last Wednesday, Price got two outs in the ninth inning of Friday's marathon game. "But you don't have it anymore, none of you do, and that feels really good". Only their rival, the Yankees, had more wins en route to winning it all, winning 125 games in 1998.

"I didn't say anything that anyone didn't know", Sale explained.

"Every time David takes the ball there's no doubt in our mind", teammate Rick Porcello said amid the wet and wild clubhouse celebration. "Those numbers are mind-boggling".

Congratulations to the Boston Red Sox, your 2018 World Series champions. St. Louis (1944, 1946, 1964 and 1967) and NY (most recently in 1996, 1998, 1999 and 2000) are also among the exclusive company Boston now keeps.

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