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Relive the 2018 Boston Red Sox winning the World Series with the play by play from Uncle Turtleboy live from the Blarney Stone.
Is there anything more appropriate than Manny Machado ending the World Series by striking out swinging? Machine Gun Joe Kelly and Chris Sale ended that game by striking out the last 6 batters they have. That’s the most dominant, alpha male way there is to win a World Series.
Nothing will replace 2004. I remember firmly believing that we were cursed and the Red Sox would never win a World Series in my lifetime. I still can’t believe that happened. The amount of nervousness I had going into each and every game, just waiting for them to blow it, was off the charts. I was in a state of complete euphoria when Keith Foulke recorded the final out against St. Louis.
This was the next best thing. In 2007 we won with mostly the same guys, some of who were around again in 2013. I didn’t realize until last night that this team doesn’t have a single player (besides Pedroia if he counts) who wasn’t on that 2013 team. They all won for the first time last night. I gotta be honest, I didn’t see this one coming. I thought Houston would smoke us because they had better starting pitching. Plus, I figured a team led by David Price didn’t have the mental fortitude to win a championship.
But little did I know that the 2018 Red Sox have balls. Big ol’ balls. I don’t know where it came from, but in the last 2-3 weeks this is like a whole new team. I knew we were going to win the second I saw this after the heartbreaking 18 inning game 3 loss:
David Price, Chris Sale and Rick Porcello all asked Cora to start today. Yes, Rick Porcello, who pitched last night.
— Ian Browne (@IanMBrowne) October 27, 2018
These dudes were willing to do anything to win. Because none of them have won before. This is a completely new baseball team. They were hungry for a championship.
David Price is the leader of this team. They weren’t winning the last two years in the playoffs because he set the tone that he didn’t give a shit. Then out of nowhere he started caring. I don’t know why, but I welcome it with open arms. Turtleboy believes in redemption. And David Price has basically become the new John Lackey and redeemed himself forever as a Boston legend.
Alex Cora and Dave Dombrowski can’t get enough credit for what they did either. Going into this postseason I thought baseball managers were the most overrated and unnecessary coaches in sports. But as you saw with Dave Roberts, a manager can fuck everything up. And Cora responded by doing everything right. He played Jackie Bradley in game 3 over Andrew Benintendi, and Bradley homered to give us life. He put in Devers game 4 to replace Nunez, and Devers responded by driving in the go ahead run, and then throwing Manny Machado out at first in a web gem for the ages to seal the game in the 9th. He took a gamble by using Eovaldi in extra innings, which would’ve paid off if Kinsler didn’t pull a Buckner.
Meanwhile Dombrowksi brought us Kinsler, Eovaldi, and World Series MVP Steve Pearce at the trade deadline. These were not jaw dropping deals anyone paid attention but, it is turned out to be better than Theo bringing us Dave Roberts and Doug Mientciewicz in 04. Pearce and Eovaldi were arguably our two most valuable and reliable players during the postseason.
Oh, and to make it even better JD Martinez and Mookie Betts, who completely disappeared during the World Series, both hit home runs in the deciding game.
God loves us more. This might seem silly to say, but he really does. We have now won 11 championships in 17 years:
- 2001 Super Bowl
- 2003 Super Bowl
- 2004 World Series
- 2004 Super Bowl
- 2007 World Series
- 2008 NBA Finals
- 2011 Stanley Cup
- 2013 World Series
- 2014 Super Bowl
- 2016 Super Bowl
- 2018 World Series
But even that’s misleading because it doesn’t show off how truly great we are. The 49ers might’ve won 4 Super Bowls in the 80’s, but they didn’t come close on any others. Here’s a list of championships we lost in during these 17 years:
- 2007 Super Bowl
- 2010 NBA Finals
- 2011 Super Bowl
- 2013 Stanley Cup Finals
- 2017 Super Bowl
And here’s a list of conference championships we lost in:
- 2002 NBA Eastern Conference Finals (I know, this one shouldn’t count, but it does)
- 2003 American League Championship Series
- 2006 AFC Championship
- 2008 American League Championship Series
- 2012 NBA Eastern Conference Finals
- 2012 AFC Championship
- 2013 AFC Championship
- 2015 AFC Championship
- 2016 NBA Eastern Conference Finals
- 2017 NBA Eastern Conference Finals
That’s 26 conference title appearances in the last 17 years. A lot of cities never make it one in that amount of time. We’re not the Colts, so we don’t celebrate losses, but the fact of the matter is that when our teams don’t win, they come damn close. Obviously God cannot let us win all the time, but He gives us a fun ride in the meantime.