Allow me to repeat the first couple of lines from yesterday’s blog.
A few years back, the Yanks were having some problems and I recommended that they bring up a certain journeyman who was tearing it up at SWB. A certain writer for a NY paper (who now works for MLB) criticized me for suggesting it.
Sometimes, all you need is to be given a chance.
The players’ name was Steve Pearce.
Last night, Pearce won the WS MVP award by hitting 2 HR (3 for the WS) as Boston won their fourth WS of this century (2004, 2007, 2013, 2018) by beating L.A. 5-1 to wrap up the Series in five games.
For L.A., it’s back-to-back WS losses.
Pearce got things started in the first with a 2-run HR off of Clayton Kershaw. Kershaw, who can now opt out of his contract, for all his brilliance, somehow can’t get it together in the postseason. This was his second WS loss this year.
David Freese homered off of David Price to lead off the bottom of the first for L.A., but that was all they’d get. Price was great, and the Dodgers got 3 hits all night.
For Price, 2 WS wins after having had a career filled with postseason failure.
Mookie Betts homered in the sixth to make it 3-1 Boston.
J.D. Martinez homered in the seventh, 4-1.
Then Pearce capped off everything with his second HR of the game in the eighth for the final score of 5-1.
And it was Manny Machado who struck out for the WS’ last out.
Alex Cora, as a rookie manager, wins the WS. Boston led the majors with 108 wins in the regular season, then went 11-3 in the postseason.
So Yankees’ fans have to watch their archrival win the WS. They can only take solace in two things.
One, that no one has repeated since the Yankees threepeated in 1998-1999-2000. So maybe that streak continues next year.
Two, that the Red Sox began last century with WS wins in 1903, 1912, 1915, 1916 and 1918 and we know how the rest of the century played out. The Babe Ruth trade to the Yankees. The “Curse of the Bambino.”
But somehow, I don’t see a “Curse of the Mookie” coming….
But hopefully next year for the Yanks.
We’ll see what moves the offseason brings and what awards are won by whom.