"And I know every day when I wake up and the rest of these guys wake up during the offseason, there will be one thing on their mind, and that'll be working toward winning it next year".
The Red Sox arrived back in Boston on Friday morning and were greeted by an ALCS championship banner that had already been hung at Fenway Park.
Game 5 starter David Price was pumped up and had a message for Bregman.
It was a pretty fun and incredible ride to get to this point. "We had guys playing through so much". Regardless of who entered the game in the late innings - Joe Kelly, Ryan Brasier, Matt Barnes, Brandon Workman - no lead was safe. It's one thing for a catcher to switch to more complex signs to avoid giving away the next pitch to a runner on second - but now a team might do that even if the bases are empty. "He felt like he made a big difference for the series, like it could be negative for the Astros". In Game 5, he threw 38 change-ups (41%). Cora couldn't throw Price's disappearing changeups or fastballs that ran up to 96 miles per hour, but he's certainly put Price at ease since their first meeting prior to spring training.
"There's been a lot of doubt going around through the season, through the postseason, about everyone else but me", Kimbrel said. And then they started getting more outs.More news: Unai Emery refuses to get carried away by Arsenal's great run
It was like a completely new team.
Belichick says the Patriots are "pulling" for the Red Sox. However, Boston scored eight runs in Games 3 and 4 and another four while Verlander was on the mound in Game 5, so it could very well be in their heads.
But it is also true that the Astros, at the worst possible moment, suffered a series of system failures and individual stumbles that hadn't happened in a long time, and that collectively led to four straight losses, including the last three at Minute Maid Park, a building in which they had gone 10-1 in four previous playoff series over the past two autumns. But he did plenty of damage with a grand slam, two-run homer and a three-run double.
It's been years since fans have seen Bradley Jr.'s bat carry him to prominence. He only allowed one base runner, a big improvement, before getting Tony Kemp to fly out to Andrew Benintendi in left field to end the series and wrap up the AL pennant.