So much for that curse. The Boston Red Sox continued to make up for lost time after their 80-odd year championship drought by clinching the 2018 World Series on Sunday evening. The Red Sox beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 in a game — and a series, really — that was almost never in doubt.
The Red Sox were led by Steve Pearce, who was named the series MVP after hitting two home runs in Sunday’s Game 5. But those closer to our hearts also played a vital role. J.D. Martinez homered off Clayton Kershaw on Sunday to put Boston up 4-1, and David Price tossed seven innings of one-run ball for his second win of the series. It was a wonderful redemption story for Price, who previously had that “can’t win in the playoffs” tag attached to his résumé — a tag that once plagued Justin Verlander until he gave Oakland Athletics fans nightmares in 2012 and 2013.
With so many former Detroit Tigers on this Red Sox roster, Tigers fans are going to be divided on What This Means. Some are angry that Dave Dombrowski couldn’t deliver a championship in Detroit, and his damn the torpedoes approach left the farm system barren as they moved toward a rebuild. Some are just angry.
But most are just happy — well, as happy as you can be when Boston wins another championship — that so many former Tigers finally won the championship we hoped they would bring home in Detroit.
Congrats to David Price, Ian Kinsler, J.D. Martinez, and Rick Porcello for finally getting the rings they deserve.— Bless You Boys (@blessyouboys) October 29, 2018
You want Tigers news? Too bad, there isn’t any
As often happens during the World Series, the rest of the baseball world stops. That means next to no news for the Tigers, who are preparing for what should be a busy offseason. If you read about Ilitch Holdings’ apparent desire to create their own sports network or Artie Lewicki’s trip out to the desert, you are all caught up.
Here are your favorite writers talking about the World Series
Let’s go rapid fire here.
- Grant Brisbee: The Red Sox are bullies again
- Jeff Sullivan: The Red Sox were just really, really good
- Pedro Moura: Max Muncy is probably the best story here
- Ken Rosenthal: On Rich Hill and that weird tweet from you-know-who
- Jarret Seidler: Dave Dombrowski’s s*** works, end story
- Eric Stephen: The Dodgers’ offense disappeared in the World Series
- Jayson Stark: How the Red Sox got here
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