2018 World Series Champions: Boston Red Sox

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James Kim, Staff Writer

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What do the years 2004, 2007, and 2013 have in common? They all represent the Boston Red Sox’s most recent World Series Championships after breaking the “Curse of the Bambino”, and this past Sunday, they added ‘2018’ to that list.

 

In a series that did not surprise most baseball fans, the Boston Red Sox took down the Los Angeles Dodgers in 5 games, outscoring their opponent with a total of 29 runs scored. One unexpected part of the outcome was the Most Valuable Player: Steve Pearce, a utility veteran who had previously played for six other teams and never found a starting role. During the series he went on a tear, displaying his “clutchness” by hitting three home runs and driving in eight runs.

 

I spoke to several baseball fans at Oratory to see what they thought about this year’s World Series and the successful season for Boston. I asked each person the following questions:

 

  1. What’s your favorite MLB team and what do you think of Boston?
  2. Was the outcome of the World Series what you expected?
  3. Did you have a favorite moment or game in the series?
  4. Do you see the Red Sox thriving next year?

 

Sophomore Logan Drone, a Mets fan, thought highly of the Sox and attributed the team’s well-roundedness to their talented outfielders and pitching staff (which reminds him of a healthy Mets team at their prime). He expected this outcome of the series, although he did have a slight sense of the Dodgers upsetting them in the very beginning. His favorite moment was Maxy Muncy’s walk-off home run in the 18th inning of Game 3 to win the longest postseason game in history. He stated: “that home run will be talked about for years, and I think that watching it live and staying up until 3:30 am to watch it was special as well.” Lastly, he believes that the team will succeed in the future and “will be the team to beat for next year and the upcoming seasons as well.”

 

Senior Nicholas Demarinis is also a Mets fan who did not find the result of the World Series surprising. He stated that it was very predictable because of how Boston, the best team in baseball, won while the Dodgers blew the World Series again (just as they did last year). His favorite part of the World Series was “seeing Clayton Kershaw still in postseason form, losing both World Series games he pitched in.” Finally, he thought that the Red Sox will “absolutely” perform just as well next season.

 

Sophomore Liam Henderson, a New York Yankees fan, said that the Red Sox winning the World Series was also what he expected. In fact, he thought that the team would sweep Los Angeles in four games. Game 3 was his favorite game of the series, as it was the only game that Boston lost. Although he believes that they will do well next year, he does not believe that next year’s Red Sox team will be able to match the regular season record or the postseason success of the 2018 season.

 

Red Sox fan Will Demilt responded, “Love it!”

 

It is clear that the Boston Red Sox utterly dominated all of Major League Baseball, both the regular season and the postseason. In addition to setting a record in regular season wins, they defeated the Yankees in the AL Division Series, Houston Astros in the AL Championship Series, and finally the LA Dodgers in the World Series. This historical year was a major accomplishment for Boston’s franchise, and they will continue to be a threat in their division and league for years to come.

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