The Greatest Team of All Time?
On Sunday, October 28th, the Boston Red Sox captured their fourth World Series title in fifteen years. The Sox blitzed their way to the finals, winning seven games and losing only two, despite facing perhaps the second and third best teams in all of baseball, the Houston Astros and the New York Yankees.
What makes this Red Sox team so amazing is just how good they were. In the regular season, they had a winning percentage of 67% (108-54) which in a sport where there are 162 contests per year, is unheard of. Usually, if a team wins ⅗ games (.600 winning percentage), they are thought to be a strong team.
It doesn’t end there. Boston had the best hitters in the league: their roster had the leader in Home Runs and Runs Batted In (J.D. Martinez) and in Batting Average (the percentage of how many hits a player gets versus their appearances at the plate) at .346 (Mookie Betts). The pitching, though rocky at points, was tremendous, with David Price, Chris Sale, Joe Kelly, Craig Kimbrel, and Nathan Eovaldi leading the way.
Perhaps the best (or scariest, if your favourite team is not the BoSox) thing is that the core of the Red Sox is still relatively young and under contract. Young stars and personalities lead this team: Mookie Betts, Andrew Benintendi, Rafael Devers, and Xander Bogaerts are all 26 years old or younger. This, added to the fact that Boston has almost unlimited amounts of money to spend, means that the Sox have all the ingredients in place to keep them winning for years to come. Finally, the rookie manager of the team, Alex Cora, outmaneuvered every other manager that he faced, making all the right moves at the right times.
The Boston Red Sox dominated the first two decades of the 20th century, winning five of the first 15 World Series. They have already dominated the first two decades of the 21st century, winning four World Series since 2004. It is safe to say that the curse that plagued the Red Sox from 1918 until 2004 has been crushed, and that they will be winning championships for years to come.