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The Red Sox Are AL Champs

This group is good. Really freaking good.

October 19, 2018 - 10:59 am

The Red Sox beat the Astros 4-1 last night and 4-1 in the ALCS. They are going back to the World Series and they’re doing it after David Price’s first postseason win. 

And now, here’s a statement. Stop what you’re doing, because I want you to hear me loud and clear: With four more wins, this Boston Red Sox team will be the greatest Boston Red Sox team ever. Better than any team with Teddy Ballgame. Better than any team with Yaz. Or Jim Rice. Or Dwight Evans. Or Ellis Burks. 

Maybe not as beloved as the ’04 Sox, but better than them? Hell yes. They just won four straight games against the defending World Series champs. They just eliminated a 100-win teams in back-to-back series. They got huge production from the bottom of their lineup, again. This time it was Rafael Devers doing this.

This group is good. Really freaking good. And last night, David Price was good. Really freaking good. For a pitcher as good as he is, he had a terrible postseason record. And you know that was weighing on him. How could it not? Even if postseason baseball is kind of a crapshoot, and even if other great pitchers had struggled in the postseason. 

Last night, he had no struggles. Or to put it another way, as Rick Porcello said: “He didn’t miss once. That’s above and beyond. In the regular season, you’re thinking about mechanics and your catcher. Postseason it’s all about competing. Your [expletive] that day is your [expletive] that day. It depends on what you bring. And he brought it.”

He brought his best bleep. Because that’s a great Astros lineup. A World Series good Astros lineup. And he dominated them. Six innings, nine strikeouts, three hits no walks that was a huge improvement from first two starts of this postseason. And he did it on three days’ rest because Chris Sale couldn’t go. That’s stepping up in a huge way. That’s manning the hell up. That’s what an ace does. 

And it was the start that got the Red Sox into the World Series. This wasn’t a game that the Red Sox had to have. They were up 3-1 in the series. They could’ve lost and come back to Boston up 3-2 with a lot of confidence. But it was a game that David Price had to have. Now he’s going into the World Series with a lot of confidence. 

As he said, last night was “one of the most special days I’ve ever had on the baseball field”

Damn right it was. And that’s coming from a guy who’s had a lot of special days on the baseball field. And maybe the most special part is that he doesn’t have to get asked about his struggles ever again. 

"I don't have to prepare myself for it in spring training on Feb. 20 or September when I’ve still got five regular-season starts. I don't have to answer that question anymore. And man, it feels good."

It has to. And the only thing that would feel better than winning the game that takes the Sox to the World Series would be winning the game that wins the Sox the World Series.  

This team is so good. And it’s about time that Alex Cora started getting the respect that he deserves. First season as a manager and he does this? I don’t care how talented the team is, you don’t just write up the lineup card and sit back. Cora does way more than that. Just because he makes it look easy, doesn’t mean it is. He’s always working. And now he and his crew are four wins away from history. Four more wins and they are the best Red Sox team ever.