THE 2018 SOX TEAM IS MY FAVORITE OF ALL THE WORLD SERIES WINNERS.
2004 was a great team…and the first is always special.
The 2007 was loaded, and they absolutely vaporized the Rockies in the World Series. Winning 2 of 4 World Series is a nice validation as well.
In 2013, I was convinced they needed to tear it down and rebuild, so took me a while to get on board with their chances. I still don’t know how they pulled it off.
But this year- 2018- it finally all came together the way it should have, and here’s what I loved most about this year’s team:
I’m big on the fact that to be successful, you need to develop your own talent, and put them in positions to succeed. It’s the smart way to do it, and it’s the most fun to watch. The Sox have been doing this as well as anyone in baseball.
This team is built from within. Betts, Bradley, Benintendi, Bogaerts and Devers were all top prospects who the team held onto…and you don’t win without each one of those guys.
Sale and Kimbrel (not to mention Pearce and Eovaldi) were acquired by trade- something you can’t do unless you’ve built up the organization correctly.
119-57 combined in Regular and Postseason. They even won Spring training (22-9). This is the most dominant team, wire-to-wire, we’ve ever seen. Bennygloves just shared his favorite stat…they never lost more than 3 in a row.
And as I’ve told you, I LOVE DOMINANCE.
They say you don’t really know what a team is made out of until they overcome adversity. Well, what if a team is so goddamn good, that they never even have to face adversity.
That was the 2018 Red Sox.
No managers banging reporters. No chicken and beer. No real controversy for once. Any time there was a whiff, the Sox would rip off 8 out of 10, and put it in the rearview mirror. That is resiliency.
David Price has been a story, good or bad, since the day he signed. Well, all he did this year was pitch like the best in baseball over the second half and then pitch like a stud in the ALCS and WS, despite being labeled (by SI) as the guy with the most pressure on him. So much for that whole storyline….and by the way, he gets to tell everyone to SUCK IT. Deal with it and quit whining about his twitter.
The Bullpen had been taking a beating since blowing the opener on March 29th. For the most part, they deserved it, and everyone thought it was a weakness heading into the playoffs. As you all know, these guys rose to the occasion when it mattered most. Kelly, Brasier and Barnes will never pick up a tab in this town again.
After seeing the ovation one stolen base gets you, I can’t wait to see what happens when one of these guys comes back to Fenway as the overrated manager of some shitty NL team.
Alex Cora has come a long way from the guy who was offering EverydayJosef bagel bites at 2am in his swanky Devonshire St apartment building, and in his first year as a manager is putting his name among the league’s best. He’s been a welcome change all season, and managed near-flawless baseball in the postseason.
The window isn’t closed for these guys. It’s closing– Kimbrel is gone, Sale and Bogaerts have one more year, Price could opt out and is 33- but 2019 should be another year in contention. For my money, it’s more enjoyable to win one with a team that is still in the middle of something, and could realistically be a favorite to repeat.