LOS ANGELES – For the first time in five years, the winner of the World Series was not a team that had an easily identifiable legacy of pain. The 2018 World Champion was not the 17-year-old Astros who had never won. They were not the cubs of 16 who had not won in more than a century, or the royals of fifteen who had just come out of a decade as baseball jokes. No, this year's champion was the Boston Red Sox, who has done it several times and looks as if they could do it several times more.
That's exactly what the Red Sox have always wanted
The Red Sox are the bully they've always wanted to be. They never wanted your pity. They never wanted you to pat on the back. They wanted to destroy their enemies, see them drifting and hear the complaints of their fans. That's the best in the life of a sports team. That's all the Red Sox ever wanted to be to become a normal club racket to compete with all the other mobbers.
Such as one of the bully, which is located about three and a half hours to the southwest. Something like that.
It was not this fourth championship that kicked her out of Club Sad. The second was probationary and the third was when her membership was canceled and her contributions reimbursed. But that's what makes it just another championship in a long line of future championships. That's not to say it's not special or that the Red Sox or their fans should make fun of it. It's fair to say that this probably does not end with nice memories kept in the chest for the next 50 years.
That'll probably end sometime with another, because that's what baseball bullies do.
There are, of course, things that separate this championship from the others. For beginners who know that this is not part of a larger Bambino or worst story, Red Sox fans really help to appreciate this team as likable team. Maybe not for you and maybe not for the average fan, but certainly for them.
If you're a Red Sox fan who is not worried about the Red Sox story, then you'll appreciate that Mookie Betts is amazing that the band of self-grown youths stay for over a decade most of the time becomes. Every city falls in love with its championship champions, its specific personalities and stories. It is a given. But that was the year when Red Sox fans could focus on it without worrying about coming out of the New York shadow.
Over the last 40 years, the Yankees have won five World Series and the Red Sox have won four. That's basically a tie. In the last 20 years is a tie. And considering that most of the Yankees championships came when the reserve clause was in place, and players could not really leave the Yankees it hardly seems athletic. This is a new era in which the Yankees are the Red Sox and the Red Sox are the Yankees. That's all Red Sox fans demanded from the beginning.
The other thing that separates this championship from the others is that this team is better. This is almost certainly the best Red Sox team in over 100 years. The only teams to compare had Babe Freaking Ruth in the 1910s when there were eight teams in the American League and no postseason. These teams had a head start when it came to winning a percentage, but this year's team was ahead of the pack with raw winnings, and they added their totals and added them. The 2018 Red Soxs won 119 games this year, including the postseason, which is 10 more than any other Red Sox team in history.
You can set up the 154 Game Plan to argue with the meaningfulness of that value, but I do not understand the point. The Red Sox 2018 was probably the best version of the team ever assembled. A World Series victory does not prove that, but it's certainly a nice exhibit to provide evidence.
They were so good, you all.
It is worth explaining why the Red Sox were so good. It is not a complicated story.
The Red Sox were so good because they were well drafted. She designed betts in the fifth round, selecting directly for Scott Snodgrass. They designed Jackie Bradley, Jr. in the first round, right after Larry Greene. They wrote Andrew Benintendi high high in the first round, right after Tyler Jay.
The Red Sox were so good because in these special situations every other team in baseball moved in as if they wanted to make the Red Sox so good. All it took was a scouting director with a clue, and it would have screwed up everything. Betts had to fall to them in the fifth round. Benintendi had to be there with the seventh overall selection.
The Red Sox were so good because they used the huge financial resources of New England Sports Ventures / Fenway Sports Group to buy players. There was a time when I would have been angry, but after the last low season, dare I say it's kind of refreshing. Yes, spending money can actually make teams better. What a beautiful new world.
The Red Sox were so good because they used these vast resources to buy the right player. They had the choice between Johnny Cueto, Zack Greinke and David Price, and they chose the guy who helped them win a World Series. They could have teased Yu Darvish or Eric Hosmer, but they chose JD Martinez, who helped a lot.
The Red Sox were so good because they were aggressive in the trading market for the big stars and used their busy farming system to win stars like Chris Sale and Craig Kimbrel as well as contributors like Eduardo Nuñez and Nathan Eovaldi. They identified their goals and rushed at them, and they were better for it.
The Red Sox were so good because they also took advantage of a little luck. Come on, Steve Pearce was a 35-year-old free agent who could have had anyone in this offseason with a major league contract, and he was a spare part that someone I had a modest offer this July. Now he is the World Series MVP and a folk hero.
The Red Sox were so good because they had 5,000 with two outs in the postseason. Do not expect that again. Do not expect that to happen to anyone again.
The Red Sox were so good because they had a combination of smart moves, a cash-out ability, and random bounces, in other words. Also do not insult the part about lucky mushrooms. They are part of every championship.
Think of a World Cup as if it were a no-hitter. You can refer to all the great pitches and dominations, but at the same time you can point out all the things that went wrong, but not. The spectacular catches that save a no-hitter are not really proof that the pitcher has finally done anything right, and yet the pitcher still gets most of the credit.
In this essay I will prove that World Series Championships are like No-Hitter. Webster defines a "mastery" as …
Three years ago, I wrote an article with the headline, "David Price is still outstanding, so shut up."
It went well.
Things you should not like about the postseason: That every damned thing must mean something, that players fail because they did not chew through a cocoon of longing to get the fresh air of success that the Players have succeeded in defining it as it which can not be acquired, it is only it. Do you know, baby, it.
The stupidest people crawl out from among the stupidest rocks to explain why certain athletes fail at certain times, and they've been doing it since the beginning of the sport. There was a story about David Price, as he always failed at the wrong time. And then he came out and had his second brilliant start and brought a championship to a city that took a long time to hug him.
If you think of a silly choker story for anyone – in any sport – please break it. Post-seasons are too short and rare to worry about who in a small sample is underperforming. Look forward to the Randos like Steve Pearce, Jarrod Dyson or Marco Scutaro. Do not focus too much on the mistakes. It's not healthy.
What brings us to …
Oh, come on, not again, son of one
Clayton Kershaw now has a 6.06 ERA starter when facing elimination , This is the worst in the history of the MLB (at least 4 games).
But he has a good company. pic.twitter.com/5seTpyJpfl
– ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 29, 2018
Look at these names. I would be happy about these names. These five pitchers have combined 18 Cy Youngs. Saberhagen is the only one who did not win three or more (he won two). These pitchers were the best in baseball when they made these elimination starts. And they all messed up a lot.
What does that tell us? This baseball is tough. That the postseason is particularly hard. That these big pitchers had to run a gauntlet of great teams. These were the pitchers that were good enough to be asked again and again to keep their teams alive.
However, there is a subtle difference between the story of Price and Kershaw's tale: we can absolutely point out where Kershaw's stuff is different, and that makes a big difference. On his last start against the Cardinals in 2013 he was 94 and touched 96. In this start he was 91 and touched 92.
Which means there is no reason to cram these Kershaw with this Kershaw and both of them to present as proof that the mushy, wrinkled stuff in his skull is the reason he does not have a World Series ring. That's ridiculous. They are wild different jugs.
This Kershaw did not fail because he's a postseason collar, or what do you have? It is because he is not a force of nature that can beat all corners more. He is just an excellent bowler who has to face excellent hits. Sometimes the excellent guys win.
The Kershaw, who beat all comers, the spiritual and physical heirs of Sandy Koufax, failed for all sorts of crazy reasons, and he could have used some run support to dispute the points.
This guy is just a great jug. Sometimes these people become checkered, even if it's not fair.
And if we want to talk about Kershaw, we have to talk about the Dodgers, who are the Clayton Kershaw of great teams. There is no shame in this comparison. It's just too obvious to ignore.
When I was younger, the Atlanta Braves were a fascinating object for me. They won 14 NL East titles in a row, from 1991 to 2005, but only one World Series. Considering that in the days leading up to the second wild card, each team had a one in eight chance of winning, this seemed like a bad payout for 14 postseason berths. That was proof that somehow it was bad to be a Braves fan.
No, my God, no, it was great to be a Braves fan. Maddux and Smoltz and Glavine and Chipper, what with the victories and wins and wins every year. What a glittering golden era of baseball. A look at the championships was a stupid opportunity for me to look at it.
For example, what the hell does Kerry Wood, who gets a two-two-run double against Rustic Ortiz, have to do with anything? How was this a referendum on what the Braves had built up over the decades? It was no proof that the Braves did not know how to win. It was not proof of bad construction plans. It was only the baseball gods who played drunken dice with stolen money.
Over and over again. With stolen money.
The Dodgers are an obvious parallel, and I want to shake all the sad partisans, all dejected fans, and remind them how special it is to win six titles in a row, how great it is to win two Pennant in a row. There are so many great moments in all these races.
And while I'm too tired to make an exhaustive list now, where do you think Max Muncy's 18th home game on the "I GLOVE IN MY TEAM" all-time list was moments of delirium in baseball History ranked?
Man, it's up there.
In one fell swoop, the Dodgers were no longer effectively eliminated, believing that they would return with a vengeance. The cocktail of fatigue and fatigue, hand wrestling and importance made it one of the purest baseball experiences any fanbase will ever enjoy.
That counts for something. Yes, it was all about Mitch Moreland, Ryan Madson and whatever else you wanted to throw on the campfire, but they had a moment. Man, what the Orioles would have given this year for this moment. Or the Blue Jays or Padres or Reds or Giants. This one outbreak of delirium, in which everything was completely and irrefutably worth .
It's a nice thing, and I wish I could have appreciated that more when I was young and stupid. The Dodgers are too rich and smart not to fall into a championship. By then they will have the Division's six titles and moments like the Muncy Walk-Off. That does not seem to be enough, just because you're too close. It's damn impressive as soon as you step back.
But the Red Sox are champions again, the bully they've always wanted to be. If they do it again next year, my stars, I will not have any words left. At the moment, we can focus on what they did right, everything. The Red Sox list of upsets can fill a post-it note when you capitalize, and the list of unsuccessful Red Sox achievements is designed to fill a 300-page book sold for $ 21.95 and published in front of you. I'm ready to go shopping with your holiday.
It's unfortunate that they've done that four times in the last 14 years because they make it look easy. It is not so easy. There will be drought and dry periods, even if the teams are excellent. Look at the Yankees for the past 10 years.
"Just look at the Yankees" is something the Red Sox definitely cares about. Even after their fourth World Series victory in the new millennium, there was a song by "YANKEES SUCK, YANKEES SUCK" in the audience of Dodger Stadium.
Already in May, Marc Normandin finished his column with a meme. I have no idea why this should end differently.
Yankee fans will turn their eyes. Red Sox fans will laugh and finally get what they always wanted.
The Red Sox are official mobbers, they do not care what you think. You will have plenty of time to think about it before you see it in October next year.