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Old 10-28-2018, 07:05 PM
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I see the line is LA -150.
If and only if I had a series bet on the Dodgers at this juncture(I don't have a wager on the series myself), I would take anywhere to 1/4 to 1/2 of the amount wagered and bet it on the Sox tonight or just let my original bet ride and not bet more on the Dodgers in tonight's game
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Old 10-28-2018, 08:02 PM
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Even though I said originally that if Sox lost the WS, I would still consider it a very highly entertaining and successful season, I got to say now that if LA wins tonight and the next two in Boston, for me it would be a very bitter and disappointing ending to the season and will take a lot of luster off as to what has happened up until now.
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Old 10-29-2018, 09:18 AM
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Each of the WS have won, 2004, 2007, 2017 and now 2018 had a special and different feel to it with 2004 being extra special since it ended the 86 year drought and because they came back from down 0 games to 3 against the Yankees to take the ALCS before even getting to the WS.
2007 was most memorable for me first because of the spectacular comeback against Cleveland to advance before getting to WS and disposing of a Colorado team which had its own Cinderella story to get there before just running out of gas and getting swept by the Sox even though imo they were overmatched to begin with.
What can I say about 2013?-finishing dead last the year before, then adding some players who were regarded as ok but not great and being picked to finish dead last again-they were 100-1 odds to win WS before season started.
We all remember the great contributions of Papi and Ellsbury during the season and especially during the post season to win it as well as Pedroia, Lester, Lackey, Peavy as well as the amazing and unexpected seasons of Victorino, Nava as well as the contributions of Buchholz and big contributions of folks like Gomes and Salty.
Winning the WS that year was even more satisfying and gratifying because of the Boston Massacre that year.
For me although winning the WS in 2013 against the Cardinals was thrilling and rewarding, the series against the Tigers before it and the way in which they won it especially with Papi's memorable HR, which imo turned the whole series around, was at least as memorable and satisfying.
In short the season certainly was a rags to riches story.
2018-what can I say really that hasn't been said already?
The entire regular season, the post season including the WS were things of orchestrated beauty, poetry in motion if you will, with so many players contributing so much and especially at the appropriate time and especially so in the post season when the guys expected to perform well faltered a bit and were picked up by the other players by getting the big hit at the right time and with so many pitchers stepping up big time at the right moment.
All of this occurred not only because of the players but because the manager, Alex Cora, who held the team so well together and who was almost flawless in his in game decision making.
It goes without saying that equal credit has to be given to Dave Dombrowski for putting this team together with the additions of the likes of JD Martinez and the incredible insight he had to add the likes of Steve Pearce and Nathan Eovaldi to the roster.
To be fair, yes the Red Sox had a huge payroll(the highest in the majors) and some great talent to begin with, but still to watch the likes of David Price finally come through in the post season as well as players like Jackie Bradley, Steve Pearce, Eovaldi, the bottom of the lineup in general as well as the bp to come through big time so well and unexpectedly during the post season and WS was a thing of beauty.
Again, each WS I described above has its own special good feeling to it for Sox fans.
However winning 108 games and then relatively breezing through the playoffs against the Yankees who won 100 games and then the defending champs, the Astros who won 103 games before winning it all against a very good Dodgers team carries its own wonderful significance.
In short, it is hard to imagine that we will ever see another Sox team duplicate what this team just did.
At this moment though I just feel so happy, grateful and blessed to have witnessed this incredible , wonderful and most entertaining season!!
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Old 10-29-2018, 04:46 PM
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Each of the WS have won, 2004, 2007, 2017 and now 2018 had a special and different feel to it with 2004 being extra special since it ended the 86 year drought and because they came back from down 0 games to 3 against the Yankees to take the ALCS before even getting to the WS.
2007 was most memorable for me first because of the spectacular comeback against Cleveland to advance before getting to WS and disposing of a Colorado team which had its own Cinderella story to get there before just running out of gas and getting swept by the Sox even though imo they were overmatched to begin with.
What can I say about 2013?-finishing dead last the year before, then adding some players who were regarded as ok but not great and being picked to finish dead last again-they were 100-1 odds to win WS before season started.
We all remember the great contributions of Papi and Ellsbury during the season and especially during the post season to win it as well as Pedroia, Lester, Lackey, Peavy as well as the amazing and unexpected seasons of Victorino, Nava as well as the contributions of Buchholz and big contributions of folks like Gomes and Salty.
Winning the WS that year was even more satisfying and gratifying because of the Boston Massacre that year.
For me although winning the WS in 2013 against the Cardinals was thrilling and rewarding, the series against the Tigers before it and the way in which they won it especially with Papi's memorable HR, which imo turned the whole series around, was at least as memorable and satisfying.
In short the season certainly was a rags to riches story.
2018-what can I say really that hasn't been said already?
The entire regular season, the post season including the WS were things of orchestrated beauty, poetry in motion if you will, with so many players contributing so much and especially at the appropriate time and especially so in the post season when the guys expected to perform well faltered a bit and were picked up by the other players by getting the big hit at the right time and with so many pitchers stepping up big time at the right moment.
All of this occurred not only because of the players but because the manager, Alex Cora, who held the team so well together and who was almost flawless in his in game decision making.
It goes without saying that equal credit has to be given to Dave Dombrowski for putting this team together with the additions of the likes of JD Martinez and the incredible insight he had to add the likes of Steve Pearce and Nathan Eovaldi to the roster.
To be fair, yes the Red Sox had a huge payroll(the highest in the majors) and some great talent to begin with, but still to watch the likes of David Price finally come through in the post season as well as players like Jackie Bradley, Steve Pearce, Eovaldi, the bottom of the lineup in general as well as the bp to come through big time so well and unexpectedly during the post season and WS was a thing of beauty.
Again, each WS I described above has its own special good feeling to it for Sox fans.
However winning 108 games and then relatively breezing through the playoffs against the Yankees who won 100 games and then the defending champs, the Astros who won 103 games before winning it all against a very good Dodgers team carries its own wonderful significance.
In short, it is hard to imagine that we will ever see another Sox team duplicate what this team just did.
At this moment though I just feel so happy, grateful and blessed to have witnessed this incredible , wonderful and most entertaining season!!
Well said savage!!

Even with the Dodgers losing, at least I'm getting a World Series hat and program out of it. Not to mention next year's media guides from the respective teams.

Great season for sure - post-season was very entertaining this season!!

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Old 10-29-2018, 07:40 PM
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BKB-as a Sox diehard for many years, I look forward in anticipation of every new season with the hopes that it will be an enjoyable and exciting exciting one.
In some seasons like this one, I have hit the jackpot, as the season was not only enjoyable and exciting but the Sox won the ultimate the prize, the World Series.
Obviously 2004, 2007 and 2013 the same was true.
In some seasons like 2017 and 2016, the seasons were enjoyable because the Sox made the playoffs although they fell short.
Along the way I have also experienced mediocre seasons where Sox were so-so-above 500 with some exciting games and players but not much more.
Then there were years like the terrible ones where they finished last like in 2012 under Bobby Valentin and where it is simply was not fun to watch their games.
The September Collapse in 2012 was not fun overall either for obvious reasons.
All that said, as a rabid Sox fan since 1952, I always try to find something positive about the season even in the bad ones in the hope that they will build upon that in the following season.
The memories of this season along with the other years I cited in previous posts will last forever whereas the lesser seasons have pretty much faded away except perhaps for a memory of a particular player who excelled or one who was very bad in that season.
In spite of all the misery and frustration suffered up until 1967 when things changed dramatically for the better with many more enjoyable seasons, I feel very lucky to have experienced four WS beginning in 2004 as well as a lot more enjoyable seasons than ones which were not so enjoyable-lots of fans from other teams cannot say the same thing, and in a number of cases for all intents and purposes, their season is over before it begins as far as their team being seriously in the hunt.
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Old 10-31-2018, 12:35 PM
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Very nice ceremonies, parade and overall wonderful,satisfying and gratifying day of celebration for all Sox fans!
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Old 10-31-2018, 11:23 PM
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Imo here is a big reason why Sox won it all.
It echoes my sentiment which I have expressed for years that just assembling players with great skills at as many positions as possible is simply not enough.
Intangibles/chemistry were just as important if not more so in the 2013 season.


J.D. Martinez Explains Why Red Sox Were So Closely Knit In 2018 Season | Boston Red Sox | NESN.com
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Old 11-01-2018, 09:30 PM
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All I can say if this rumor is true, is NO NO NO!!!
Imo relying on either one of these guys to close especially Barnes because he happened to pitch well in playoffs would be pressing one's luck.
I saw enough of Barnes in regular season and previous seasons with so-so results to conclude that he should keep present role and not be pushed into something which he would not be able to handle.
For me the grade for Brasier is incomplete because the sample size is too small.

Matt Barnes, Ryan Brasier candidates for Boston Red Sox 2019 closer job if Craig Kimbrel leaves as free agent | masslive.com

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Old 11-03-2018, 10:55 AM
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I sure hope the Sox make Eovaldi a top priority is signing him to a contract.
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Old 11-06-2018, 10:55 PM
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Review of Sports Illustrated World Champions Special Commemorative Issue:

All I can say is that even though I enjoyed reading 96 page issue as a big Sox fan and may be a bit biased than a non Sox fan, all I can say that in my opinion it is worth every penny of the $15.99 cost and that most baseball fans would enjoy reading no matter what team they root for.
The first part contains highlights and commentary about all of the Sox Playoff and WS games.
The second part consists of some great photos and brief commentary about the "Main Men," which I found very enjoyable and entertaining to read.
The third section has photos and in depth and revealing and human interest/historical and biographical stories about the heroes for the entire season-Mookie Betts, JD Martinez, Chris Sale, Craig Kimbrel and Alex Cora.
It is not simply a rehash of stuff we already know-for example I never knew that Mookie Betts almost died during a car crash when he was twelve years.
The next section highlights memorable moments and games during the regular season-this is a section which brings back very pleasant and exciting moments and is especially geared toward Sox fans.
The last section briefly highlights the 2004, 2007 and 2013 seasons during which the Sox also won the WS-good stuff and especially so if you are a Sox diehard.
Summary-I give this publication a very high rating and found it to be very enjoyable as well as being informative reading.
Imo any baseball fan, Sox fan or not, will enjoy reading it!

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Old 11-14-2018, 09:30 PM
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As I said previously, although any of these most outstanding players/managers awards given out at the end of the season imo pale badly in comparison in the importance to how well the teams with these players fared during the season, I will be carefully watch on how the voting for AL MVP goes and how much Mookie wins by.
Imo it ought to be a landslide especially since it is based on the voting before the playoffs begin.

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