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Column: Red Sox are on top of the baseball world
November 1, 2018
The dreaded time of year for baseball fans has finally arrived. The fall classic has finally come to an end with the Boston Red Sox defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers in the World Series. The Red Sox dominated this season. There is really no other way to put it. The team finished the regular season atop the American League (AL) East with a record of 108-54. The postseason was no different. The Sox would have to win three series, a total of 11 games to be crowned World Series Champions, which they did easily, losing only one game in each series.
The Red Sox began the playoffs by bullying their division rival the New York Yankees in a best of five series. The Sox would win the Series in four games by outscoring the Yankees, 27-14. The team then welcomed the reigning World Series champion, Houston Astros, where they would beat them in five games. The Sox went into the World Series as the sure favorites and they did not disappoint. Boston dominated the Dodgers in all aspects except for a 18-inning thriller in game three. The Sox won the series in five games and celebrated the championship on the Dodger’s field this past Sunday night.
The Red Sox were carried throughout the year by sluggers like Mookie Betts, Andrew Benitendi, J.D. Martinez, and Xander Bogaerts, but these bats weren’t the ones to step up in the World Series. Some unfamiliar names like Steve Pearce, Brock Holt, Rafael Devers, and Eduardo Nunez stepped up and made their impact on the fall classic. As a midseason addition, Pearce had one of the best world series performances ever seen with three home runs and eight runs batted in (RBIs), earning him the World Series MVP award.
A headline of the World Series was Boston pitcher Nathan Eovaldi who put out an inspirational performance in the devastating loss in game three. The hard-throwing right hander threw 6-innings for the Sox totaling 97 pitches. In these six innings Eovaldi only surrendered three hits and two walks, and he struck out five hitters. He made this appearance out of the bullpen which is different from his usual starting position. Even though the Sox would end up losing this game in the 18th inning, Eovaldi left everything he had on the field that night. His performance became an inspiration for his fellow teammates bringing out the best for the next two games.
As a baseball fan, this was a fun world series to watch due to the powerful offenses showcased from the two teams. But as a Yankee fan, this was a tough pill to swallow. I don’t like to see the Red Sox succeed in any form, especially in the championship. However, there is nothing I can do now other than make excuses about why that Yankees aren’t in that position.
Now that the season has come to an end, we all turn our focus to football and the start of basketball. The most exciting thing for baseball fans in the coming months will be shocking free agents signings, trades, and the Winter Meetings. I hope and pray that in this offseason the Yankees can put together a strong pitching staff to go aside the powerful offense they already have, but for now all I will do is cry and try to forget about the “2018 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox.”