As if the drama of the World Series had not been unpredictable enough, the Boston Red Sox threw out their latest surprise when they named pitcher David Price as the starter for Sunday's Game 5 against the hometown Los Angeles Dodgers (8:09 p.m. ET).
Shortly after hoisting the World Series trophy above his head Sunday night, he had a new request for the Boston brass.
The Red Sox took the best-of-seven series 4-1. And Steve Pearce, a 2016 Ray, knocked in eight runs in the Series, hitting a pair of homers Sunday, including a two-run shot in the first, after hitting a tying blast in the eighth in Saturday's Game 4 win. Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez hit solo home runs.
Boston's ninth World Series title sees the team tie with the Oakland Athletics for the third-most wins in Major League Baseball history.
Here are some thoughts on the Red Sox's Game 5 victory and 2018 World Series championship. They trailed 4-0 in the seventh inning of Game 4 when Sale rose from the dugout bench for a fiery, profane, motivational rant, and his teammates woke up in time to rally for a 9-6 win.
"It's a different mindset when you know that you're starting and you start to lock it it", Price said. "I've been through a lot in three years since I came here, but this is why I came". Not my start in Game 2 and coming out of the bullpen in Game 3 and all that, but this one right here - being World Series champs.
The Dodgers, who were beaten by the Houston Astros in last season's World Series, hit back right away when David Freese crushed a leadoff homer to get Los Angeles on the scoreboard.
Clayton Kershaw, who may have played his final game in a Dodgers uniform, took the loss. "We're world champions. To be able to be open up next season at Fenway Park with the ring ceremony and everything that goes along with it and to drop the banner for the 2018 world champions, that would definitely - I would love that".
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"Ninth inning, bases loaded, one out of a one-run ballgame, and he's sitting there eating seeds, doing the same thing as a 10-1 ballgame in the fourth inning".
For a long time, Price had been known for his playoff shortcomings, having never won a game.
Price will be hoping for similar support today when the Red Sox attempt to clinch their second title in five years.
"Chris is okay", Cora said. Cora said he imagined his home town "going crazy" after the Red Sox's World Series win. They will have to decide what to do with Clayton Kershaw-the ace whose diminished fastball velocity now almost matches that of his slider-particularly if Kershaw opts out of the two years and $65 million remaining on his contract. I knew it was challenging with everything that goes on there.
"All year when it didn't look so good, our guys stuck together, stayed the course and believed in one another and put ourselves in a chance to win a championship", Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said.
He got to the plate one time in Boston's sweep of the 2007 World Series, putting down a sacrifice bunt for a team led by David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia and Manny Ramirez.
This isn't the first time the Red Sox have taken a not-so-subtle dig at the Bombers in the postseason.