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Best 2018 Red Sox postseason moments

Discussion in 'Red Sox Forum' started by LesterFan, Oct 29, 2018.

  1. Noseminer

    Noseminer lurker

    David Price. This man has been booed off the field so many times. He was so frustrated because he knew he wasn't washed up and he could be not only a contributor, but a huge part of this rotation. His emotions ranging from sprinting out of the dugout after the final out, to crying into his championship shirt, to crying at the press conference when asked how important it was to him to be a good team mate. He mentioned how much ridicule he had to endure, and he is so glad to finally and emphatically say "Eff you all who booed and doubted me." Anybody who even thinks of booing this man ever again, Give your ticket to someone who appreciates him, and stay the fuck home. We don't need you. We don't want you. David Price. I have no issue with Pearce winning MVP, but I thought he and Price should have been co-MVPs at the very least. David Price. He should never have to pay for a drink in this town, ever. No matter how good or bad he is from this point out. One last time. DAVID FUCKING PRICE.
  2. Madmartigan

    Madmartigan Member SoSH Member

  3. chawson

    chawson Well-Known Member Bronze Supporter

    Wow, I’d forgotten Nunez’s play to end the ALDS. There’s just so many.
  4. Kliq

    Kliq Member SoSH Member

    So many great moments; a personal favorite of mine is the 102 mph heater with movement to blow away Bregman in Game 5. That was one of the most savage pitches I’ve ever seen.
  5. DennyDoyle'sBoil

    DennyDoyle'sBoil Found no thrill on Blueberry Hill SoSH Member

    There was a quote from Nunez after game 1 where he was asked about being the hero and his basic response was that he didn’t care so long as there was a hero from his team because it would mean they won.
  6. 8slim

    8slim Well-Known Member Silver Supporter SoSH Member

    That was such an amazing moment, and one of so many that revealed just how remarkably close this team has become.

    On that note, watching the frenzied on-field celebration after Sale struck our Machado, it was heartwarming to see such joy from a tight-knit team made up of people from so many varied backgrounds.

    Given the times we live in, that is no small thing.
  7. donutogre

    donutogre Member SoSH Member

    Thank you!
  8. drbretto

    drbretto guidence counselor SoSH Member

    Best individual moment - Benny's catch to end the ALCS. That was the single most pivotal play in the whole postseason. If he misses and the ball gets behind him, that could have lost the Sox that game and given the Astros every reason to believe they could turn things around. Instead, he sends a message to the rest of baseball that we're going to rise to any challenge and win.

    Best story in the playoffs is Price. This was really special for him. He got a huge monkey off his back and turned into a dominant postseason assassin. I feel really, really happy for Price. He's an emotional guy. He hears the crap people are talking about him, and it is crap. He's not been nearly as bad in the post season as they writers want to make it out to be. It was a false narrative to begin with, and he proved them all wrong.

    So many runner up moments, but you all got 'em covered.
  9. drbretto

    drbretto guidence counselor SoSH Member

    Oh, and CORA. Not any given moment. Cora at every single given moment. Very few of his moves didn't work out and those that didn't were at least defensible.

    First time manager. First time! At any level! He was a bench coach ONE YEAR and that was it. I've never heard a team talk about their manager like the Sox do. Never. Not even Belichick. And he's out there re-writing baseball norms with his use of the pitching staff. He's not the first one to use a starter as a reliever when they would be doing a side session, but he might be the first one that did it as a rule all postseason long. Doing so essentially created an entire lights-out bullpen ace from NOTHING. Every team will do this from now on. And if they don't, they should.

    Not bad, Rookie.
  10. Zososoxfan

    Zososoxfan Well-Known Member Silver Supporter SoSH Member

  11. The Napkin

    The Napkin wise ass al kaprielian Dope SoSH Member

    admission time:
    When he singled I was actually a little bummed because I thought we'd be better off coming up with the top of the order to start off the next inning. Did not take me too long to eat crow.
  12. TFisNEXT

    TFisNEXT Well-Known Member Lifetime Member SoSH Member

    Need to point out here that Benny's catch was game 4, so it didn't end the ALCS.

    Regardless, it was still a massive turning point. The difference between 3-1 and 2-2.
  13. drbretto

    drbretto guidence counselor SoSH Member

    Duh, good point! Though, I maintain that it still emotionally ended the series for the 'Stros. Does that count? :)
  14. singaporesoxfan

    singaporesoxfan Well-Known Member Lifetime Member SoSH Member

    For a post season that the Sox romped through without facing a single elimination game, there sure were a lot of great close baseball games - I think a neutral fan would consider ALCS game 4, and World Series games 3 and 4 all great
  15. timlinin8th

    timlinin8th Member SoSH Member

    Probably the biggest thing about Cora is something he addressed it in a lot of postgame interviews concerning the offense. When we think of Moneyball we think of finding that which is undervalued on the market, not as much with baseball strategies, but starting from day one in Spring Training, he recognized that which is undervalued in today’s shift-heavy, three true outcomes game - that speed on the basepaths, steals, hit and runs, etc can get these shifted pieces moving and get them all screwed up because they are playing “out of position”. That a guy coming into a new position can recognize something like that and begun to implement it immediately and get buy in from the entire team is special.
  16. drbretto

    drbretto guidence counselor SoSH Member

    Yes! I noticed this as well.

    People seem to think that Moneyball was all about us usage of stats. That's a red herring. It's all about finding the advantage no one else has yet. Once stats crept up through the rest of baseball, it's no longer an advantage. Everyone's got the same spreadsheets. You're just part of the herd. So, the advantage goes to the team that can take it a step further. The teams leading the charge on that have the perpetual advantage while everyone else just tries to keep up. What Cora has shown here is that we're going to be leading the charge once again.
  17. Zososoxfan

    Zososoxfan Well-Known Member Silver Supporter SoSH Member

    Super insightful and something I hadn't thought of. Thanks.
  18. normstalls

    normstalls Member SoSH Member

    'Post that' - David Price

    edit - clearly late on this, catching up and struggling.
  19. DrewDawg

    DrewDawg Dorito Dink SoSH Member

  20. Rovin Romine

    Rovin Romine Johnny Rico Lifetime Member SoSH Member

    One of the best moments will be ongoing - whenever I click on my bookmarked MLB scoreboard button, I will see this: https://www.mlb.com/scores
  21. bosockboy

    bosockboy Member SoSH Member

    After Bregman trolled him on Instagram. Definitely part of that 102 mph.
  22. BroodsSexton

    BroodsSexton Member SoSH Member

    Can you elaborate on this a little bit? What do you mean that speed, hit-and-runs, etc. "get these shifted pieces moving and get them all screwed up because they are playing 'out of position'"?
  23. DrewDawg

    DrewDawg Dorito Dink SoSH Member

    If you have a 3B shifted over playing, essentially SS, then steal a base and make him take a throw he's not used to.
  24. Remagellan

    Remagellan Well-Known Member Lifetime Member SoSH Member

    Well-stated. That was my take as well. They should have been co-MVPs. I’m so happy he finally had his great moments in the postseason for reasons that go beyond what they meant to the team’s success.
  25. timlinin8th

    timlinin8th Member SoSH Member

    I’d have to re-listen to the Cora quotes to really do it justice, it was on MLB Network, but going off memory and with a lot of paraphrasing he came out and said that hit-and-runs are the next market inefficiency. What DrewDawg just said about 3B having to play over to second, but also if you have a SS/3B playing in shallow RF, the 2B is likely to be playing closer to the 2B bag, so by getting the runner on first moving on the pitch the 2B is going to move to his right to cover and suddenly you have a lot of open space in the IF. Plenty of other scenarios I can’t think of off the top of my head.
  26. BroodsSexton

    BroodsSexton Member SoSH Member

    Ahh, I see. But in a "three-true-outcome" game, how does this affect anything (other than increasing your SBs, I guess?) Or is the idea that you forego the three-true-outcome game and focus on putting the ball in play, in conjunction with taking extra bases, being aggressive, etc.? (got it...i see your response above).

    For me, the biggest "Moneyball" concept that Cora has highlighted is that walks aren't necessarily to be avoided. That was a big story of the post-season, I think. The notion that pitchers shouldn't necessarily be focused on avoiding giving up the walk. If the K is not likely, then in today's three-outcome game you're looking at BB or HR. I know which one I'd rather have...
  27. TFisNEXT

    TFisNEXT Well-Known Member Lifetime Member SoSH Member

    I think the really short version of it is:

    - SB attempts and hit and runs are more likely to be successful against the shift

    Not that he's necessarily saying don't take a walk. Cora is smart enough to know the value of walks and HRs...he played on Red Sox teams that were the best in the league at that type of offensive game. I just think they found that the hitters were being overly passive at times. So Cora was focusing on trying to be more efficient. He mentioned it when he first got here that Houston took advantage of the passiveness in the 2017 ALDS by throwing strike 1 so often to the Red Sox hitters because they knew they wouldn't swing.
  28. DeadlySplitter

    DeadlySplitter Member SoSH Member

    ALCS game 4 was two heavyweights going at it in every way and us coming out on top by an inch. I fucking loved that game.
  29. chrisfont9

    chrisfont9 Member SoSH Member

    This one was special for me. If that 9th inning gets out of hand with Kimbrel in game 4, this series could have been very different. But Devers' defensive play was just the latest in a long, long LONG line of examples of players stepping up to their best selves when the team needed them.

  30. staz

    staz Intangible Lifetime Member SoSH Member

    My favorite moment was the last pitch of the season:

  31. chrisfont9

    chrisfont9 Member SoSH Member

    One more thing to love about Cora is the 9th inning. On the field were Sale, the Bs outfield, Holt at 2B, Pierce at first. Except for JD and Nunie, this lineup is the soul of this team and deserved to be on the field at the end. Yes, others did too but if you have to pick 9 in an NL park, this is it.
  32. TheShynessClinic

    TheShynessClinic SoSH's Doug Neidermeyer SoSH Member

    I know it was a forgone conclusion if the Sox were winning late in the game - but having Bradley be out there with Betts and 10D at the end of the game just felt so right. Them running in together is the thing I'll remember most from this season.
  33. lapa

    lapa lurker

    It says A LOT about this team that almost everyone who played made a pretty major highlight contribution at one point or another during this post season
  34. Hendu At The Wall

    Hendu At The Wall Member SoSH Member

    I'm enjoying this "moment," saved just before Game One of the ALDS.

    Attached Files:

  35. Spelunker

    Spelunker Well-Known Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member

    I had forgotten about these. I am now going through all of these.
  36. MakeMineMoxie

    MakeMineMoxie Member SoSH Member

    You guys have nailed it with all of the above so I'll just add a minor thing, watching Devers play 3rd.

    He's gone from a guy who makes you hold your breath every time he throws into a marksman. That play to get Machado in the 9th in G4 was a thing of beauty.
  37. garlan5

    garlan5 Member SoSH Member

    The celebration in locker room with the whole team singing a country song. Here's the song by Josh Turner, "your man".

    And here's the crappy video I took with my phone of then celebrating. Mitch and Vaz slow dancing
  38. troparra

    troparra Well-Known Member Silver Supporter SoSH Member

    What? I hadn't seen that. Fangraphs got it in the exact opposite order. In a season were two teams were head and shoulders above the other two. Too funny.
  39. patinorange

    patinorange Member SoSH Member

    Thank You! That is awesome.
  40. rodderick

    rodderick Member SoSH Member

    That was a "fuck you, punk" infused slider. Beautiful.
  41. The Racoon

    The Racoon Member SoSH Member

    Not gonna lie: I still held my breath on every throw he took...

    Let's see if we can find a highlight moment in this years postseason for every guy / position:

    1B: Moreland's 3 run shot in G4 of the WS | Pearce: HRs in G5 (and more) of WS, MVP
    2B: Brock Holts cycle in G3 of ALCS | Kinsler: Bad moment in WS G3, but he had a nice RBI double in G4 against the MFY
    3B: Devers HR of Verlander | Nunez HR in WS G1 and final out in ALDS
    SS: Bogey had a HR in the G2 loss to the MFY and 2 RBI in G4 against Houston but not much else with the bat - any defining moments with the glove?
    LF: Benni's catch in G4 against the Astros
    CF: ALCS MVP (Grand Slam, 9 RBI...) for JBJ
    RF: Mookieference at Houston / Throwing out Kemp
    DH: 3R Bomb to start the postseason for JD
    C: Vazquez starting the rally in WS G2 and the HR in the toilet | Sandy: Blocked a lot of tough pitches in the ALDS with runners on in late innings (seems so long ago)

    Sale: Sending MM to his knees
    Price: G5 WS winner
    Eovaldi: G3 WS heroics
    Porcello: Decent starts, great out of the bullpen several times!
    Rodriguez: Great start (minus one pitch) to give them a chance in WS G4 and a big out in G1 against the Dodgers with 2 inherited runners and a 1 run lead
    Kelly / Kimbrel / Brasier / Barnes: Too many clutch relief appearances to list them all, did the bullpen give up any leads (Kinsler error aside) in this postseason?

    Complete team effort - and I certainly have missed some moments; the Yankees series seems like it's been a year ago...
    #91 The Racoon, Oct 29, 2018
    Last edited: Oct 29, 2018
  42. garlan5

    garlan5 Member SoSH Member

    I was going to do this myself. I was thinking just about everyone who played contributed in some positive way. Except maybe Blake. No hard feelings Blake
  43. Hank Scorpio

    Hank Scorpio Member SoSH Member

    I liked Machado’s perfect form:

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  44. Manuel Aristides

    Manuel Aristides Member SoSH Member

    Except that, by having a third catcher on the roster, they were able to pinch hit Devers for Leon in game 4. That pinch hit ended up being the 9th inning go-ahead RBI. Also, Swihart avoided the DP in his ensuing AB, which moved Devers up and forced the IBB of Mookie, keeping the chain moving for more runs down the order. Swihart then survived his one critical inning behind the plate. Not a "heroic" moment, but a pivotal contribution.

    Also, all kinds of awesome in that the Sox engaged in roster gymnastics all year to keep Swihart around, played him just enough to be sure he could be trusted in a pinch, and ended up needing him for exactly one critical double switch.
  45. S. H. Frog

    S. H. Frog Member SoSH Member

    Seconded. They won Houston's game. That was the way Houston won the World Series last year, and they got beat at it. It was an absolutely sick baseball game, and winning it put the ether to the Astors.

    Similarly, not folding up after the 18-inning game in LA was a statement.
  46. BusRaker

    BusRaker lurker

    Mitchie's pinch-hit 3-run homer to make it 4-3 in the 7th inning of game 4. It seemed like LA was cruising to even the series before that swing, and then everything was in doubt.
  47. tims4wins

    tims4wins PN23's replacement SoSH Member

    My god did Devers have some huge at bats.

    Game 2 ALCS, singles home a run in the bottom of the first to make it 2-0. Draws a walk in the 3rd and scores ahead of JBJ's wall ball double after the Sox were behind 4-2. Singles leading off the 8th and later scores on Mookie's double to increase the lead from 6-4 to 7-4.

    Game 3 ALCS, bottom 8, Sox up 3-2, singles with 1 on and 1 out. Holt and Moreland HBP and JBJ homer later, 3-2 become 8-2.

    Game 4 ALCS, 2 run single in the top of the first to give the Sox a 2-0 lead.

    Game 5 ALCS, 3 run homer in the 6th that gave the Sox the win.

    Game 1 WS, huge RBI single in the bottom of the 5th to extend the lead from 4-3 to 5-3.

    Game 4 WS, take the lead RBI single in the top of the 9th.

    That's a lot of huge moments.
  48. LoweTek

    LoweTek Well-Known Member Lifetime Member SoSH Member

    I like Chris Sale's Game 4 rant and the Martinez home run yesterday. JD was struggling a little and at times it looked like the Dodgers had figured something out. When he hit the bomb to CF last night, I knew it was over.

    The player to player ovations were great too, Eovaldi's in the clubhouse and Sale's as he entered for the 9th.
  49. BigSoxFan

    BigSoxFan Member SoSH Member

    I'm seconding this one and I think Pearce and Price's heroics are going to overshadow this home run's significance over time. But the simple reality is that the Sox were coming off an excruciatingly painful loss in Game 3 and were down 4-0 late heading into the teeth of the Dodgers' pen in Game 4. If Moreland makes an out, that game is almost certainly an L, which means you have a TON of pressure on this team in Game 5 and you're going back to Boston with Sale being a question mark and possibly being down 3-2. The Dodgers didn't know it yet but Moreland's HR was the huge series inflection point that many of us assumed Kinsler's error would be.
  50. The Racoon

    The Racoon Member SoSH Member

    Adding on about Devers:
    His defense was good as well. Not only the laser he threw to get Machado late in game 4 but the DP in the 1st inning yesterday felt huge for Price and it wasn't that easy to pick that ball. If he had butchered that play, the Dodgers have 2 runners on with no outs in the first after their HR... this game could have gone south very quickly.

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