Boston Red Sox stars celebrate ninth World Series title

Posted November 04, 2018

It might be of him standing near the entrance of the Dodgers dugout, staring out as the Boston Red Sox celebrated a championship.

The team played it again Sunday night in Los Angeles after winning the World Series.

Led by World Series MVP Steve Pearce (two homers) and postseason beast (it's true!) David Price, the Red Sox clinched their fourth World Series in 15 years.

Visiting clubhouse manager Mitch Poole estimates he ordered 263 bottles of champagne for the Red Sox, at an estimated cost of $18,000.

Whatever Cora said, it must've worked.

That 5-week-old kid aside, most of the partying fans are old enough to remember when the Red Sox stood alongside the Chicago Cubs as the archetypes of long-suffering sports futility.

Families, friends and team employees stayed on the field at Dodger Stadium for a couple of hours after the final out, soaking in the afterglow. By the time the Red Sox were done, all five relievers used by Roberts had yielded at least one run.

Boston lost just three games in postseason play - one each to the Yankees, Astros and Dodgers and routinely broke the backs of their opponents with two-out hits and timely pitching.

Fans held on to a sliver of hope when Sunday began, with Clayton Kershaw, long the Dodgers' best pitcher and a widely beloved figure in Southern California, on the mound for Game 5.

Though some fans were enjoying their first championship parade, many others, like 23-year-old Derek Safford, were veterans.

Scott Alexander inherited a runner from Hill, who had issued a leadoff walk to Xander Bogaerts. Then the Sox retaliated by playing the song ― also a tradition on the loudspeaker after Yankee home games ― when they eliminated the Yankees in NY.

Beck said while watching the loss was one of his least favorite experiences, being at the World Series with his sons was one of his best.

Sale went just four innings and gave up two runs in his ALCS appearance. Kershaw threw 41 pitches in the first three innings and Boston starter David Price threw 47. He also pitched in relief in Game 3.

Max Muncy struck out leading off for the Dodgers, but Puig notched another World Series hit with his single to left-center.