|Nice hit Vic|
Thank you Red Sox for this magical season. Ever since the get-go, you could tell this was a different team than last year. Starting off the month of April 18-8 was no fluke as some critics liked to think it was. It wasn’t until the All-star break until the Sox were given credit where credit was due, and even then, some said that the Sox would crumble like we did 2 years ago. But this team is different than any team we’ve had in the past. They just never let up. The ALCS game where Papi hit the grand slam was the most clutch but not the first comeback of the year. We had so many comebacks in the regular season, because we treated every game this year like it was a World Series game. Many teams, down by a few runs late in the game would have said “Oh well, it’s just one regular season game. How bad can it hurt,” but the Sox didn’t give up until the final out was made. That’s how we were so ready to go once the playoffs came along. It’s like we had been playing playoff baseball all year long. And not everyone can pull that off. It takes a special group of guys that just has more team chemistry than any other team. It all starts with the team leaders.
|Despite that one error, Pedroia was lights-out at second base tonight|
First off, Pedroia didn't get World Series MVP (I think we all know Big Papi earned that), but he has been the most valuable player to this team all year. It’s not just the numbers he puts up, which are great, but his defense, attitude, and commitment to the team allowed him to lead by example. This World Series wouldn’t have been possible without you Dustin.
|Koji was a Uege pick-up|
Second, the offseason transactions were essential, especially the firing of Valentine and the hiring of Farrell. In retrospect, our offseason moves were genius. They remind me of what Oakland has been able to do with a very low budget: make it to the playoffs year in, year out by picking up undervalued players (plot of the movie Moneyball). Though the Sox (4th highest payroll in MLB) have a much higher budget than the A’s (26th in MLB), the Sox still were able to pick up undervalued players in the offseason and become the best team in baseball. David Ross, for example was a great pick-up, as well as Jonny Gomes, Mike Napoli, Shane Victorino, Koji Uehara, and Stephen Drew. All of these guys have contributed this postseason, and all year for that matter.
Lastly, Lester deserves a lot of credit. In 2007, after winning the World Series, he predicted that he would be the future of the franchise, and his two wins this World Series have certainly backed up that bold prediction.
8 is once again the magic number. Except this time, I’m talking about how many rings Boston sports teams have won since the new millennium. Think about how many more we could have too. We could have 2 more Super Bowl rings, 1 more NBA championship, and 1 more Stanley Cup if a few things went our way. Oh well… we’re back on top of the sports world, where we belong. Enjoy it.