Red Sox Win World Series

Eric Yoon ’20 and Anna Sander ’20

The Boston Red Sox won their fourth World Series in the twenty-first century, taking the Fall Classic four games to one against the Los Angeles Dodgers on October 28, 2018. After ending the season with a Red Sox-best of 108 wins, they cruised through the first two rounds of the postseason before dominating the World Series and securing the trophy.

The Red Sox, propelled by first-year manager Alex Cora and star players Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez, had one of the best Major League Baseball records in history. After a phenomenal regular season, the Red Sox finished first place in the American League East division for the third year in a row. They then beat their rivals, the New York Yankees, in the American League Division Series three games to one. In Game 3 of the series, Red Sox utility player Brock Holt propelled the team to a 16-1 rout by being the first player to ever hit a single, double, triple, and home run in one postseason game. In the American League Championship Series, against reigning World Champions the Houston Astros, Boston continued to demonstrate their resilience and strength. These first two rounds, with Boston crushing two other 100-win teams, set the Red Sox up well to face the 92-71 Dodgers.

The 2018 World Series ended in a quick five games, as the Dodgers lineup struggled against the commanding Red Sox. Boston jumped to a 2-0 lead after winning the first two games at home at Fenway Park, but Game 3 proved to be much more taxing on both teams. The game lasted a World Series-record 7 hours and 20 minutes over the course of 18 innings, stretching until almost 3:30 am in Boston. Each team had cleared their dugouts by the end of the game; a record 44 players total battled it out. The game eventually ended with a walk-off home run by Dodgers first baseman Max Muncy, the Red Sox put up an incredible battle against the Dodgers, exemplified by Nathan Eovaldi’s 97 relief pitches from the twelfth to the eighteenth inning, the most relief pitches ever thrown in a World Series game.

Although both teams were exhausted, Game 4 did not disappoint. The Red Sox were trailing 4-0 from Yasiel Puig’s three-run blast in the sixth inning but managed to come back with a pinch-hit three-run home run from Mitch Moreland in the seventh and a solo home run from Steve Pearce in the eighth. The ninth inning continued to roll smoothly for the Red Sox, with a further five runs scored by Boston and a final 9-6 win.

Game 5, the final match in the 2018 World Series, showcased David Price’s mastery. He delivered for seven solid innings with only one earned run and with five strikeouts. After Dodgers player Manny Machado’s final strikeout in the bottom of the ninth, the Red Sox clinched the championship with a score of 5-1. Steve Pearce, the 35-year old first baseman for the Red Sox, was awarded the World Series Most Valuable Player for his eight RBI and three home runs during the five-game season.

Red Sox fans have a lot to be proud of with this team, as well as a lot to look forward to. Most of the team will be competing with Boston again next season, so Boston fans should be able to look forward to more glorious seasons ahead.