2018-11-08 / Sports

It was a pleasurable series for the fans

BASEBALL’S BEST
By LAMAR GARRARD
baseball historian

“We are not cocky, but we know who we are. We have one of the best teams in history, especially Boston Red Sox history.” – Xander Bogaerts, Red Sox shortstop

The Boston Red Sox won their fourth World Series since 2004 a few days ago when they defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-1 and brought the crown back to “Beantown.”

Since winning in 2004, ’07, ’13 and now 2018, some folks may be calling the Boston franchise a perennial winner. The last time the Dodgers took it all was in 1988, the year of Kirk Gibson’s walk off homer and the superb pitching of Orel Hershiser.

Boston posted a remarkable 119 wins against 57 losses on the season. Despite the efforts of the Dodgers’ Kershaw, Turner, Machado, and Puig, the Bostonians, having one of the best teams in all of baseball, were able to keep the crown from the west coast once again.

Former Boston outfielder and Hall of Famer Ted Williams spent 19 years in a Red Sox uniform and never even played in a World Series. His teammate for several of those years, and former Red Sox manager and coach, Johnny Pesky, along with Bobby Doerr, Dom DiMagg i o , Mel Parnell, and more Sox key players were never in a World Series.

In 2005, I met the great Johnny Pesky in New Orleans at a baseball conference for WWII ball players where he signed a baseball for me. He was so proud of being a coach on the ’04 World Champions, that he put that inscription on the ball for me.

of the series, but the possibility of a four-game sweep was not to be. They relied on the steady pitching of former Vanderbilt University pitcher David Price and seven-time All-Star Chris Sale. Sale was the

The Dodgers got pierced by Steve Pearce, the 35-year-old series MVP. Having been traded to Boston in mid-season, the Fall Classic hero produced two homers in one game with four RBI’s and two runs scored in game four. He is one of only three players 35 or older ever to have multi-homers in a World Series game. The well-traveled veteran teams before being traded to Boston.

First year manager Alex Cora - ager in history to win a World Series. I hope he does not let politics tarnish this championship and accepts the invitation to visit the White House next spring with his team. It is sad that politics enters into the world of sports.

It was a pleasurable series for the fans and especially listening to and watching John Smoltz and Joe Buck do such a commendable job on television.

Congratulations to the Red Sox. In 2019 I hope I am writing about an Atlanta Braves World Championship!

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