It’s been over a week since the Boston Red Sox were crowned what was rightfully theirs; best team in the MLB. A great bullpen and a fantastically well rounded team with three 2018 Gold Glove Winners in Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr., and Ian Kinsler. However, what made this team so special, and the key to success for any team, chemistry.
Nathan Eovaldi was phenomenal during the postseason run and especially throughout the World Series. During the memorable Game Three of the Fall Classic the Red Sox and Dodgers were neck and neck in a tie that led to the historic 18 inning game that ended at 3:30 in the morning, Eastern time. Eovaldi came in extra innings and pitched six innings with five strikeouts and gave up the walk-off homerun to Max Muncy. The Red Sox pitcher did a stellar job trying to lead his team to victory. When he went into the dugout, his head was down thinking that he disappointed everyone, but in reality, he inspired his team. To have someone come in and pitch six innings out of the bullpen to help give your team a chance and take a commanding 3 games to none lead in the series, motivated his teammates, especially David Price.
From the time Dodger players surrounded home plate and crowed Muncy as he came and won the game for his ball club, Price was right by Eovaldi’s side. Supporting him, comforting him, and never leaving him alone throughout the early morning. After Eovaldi pitched, Price told Cora that he’d be willing to pitch Game four, which was only hours away. Price was just on the rubber and gave the Red Sox fans a stellar outing in Game two, but because of what his teammate displayed, he was given confidence and motivation to pitch in the next matchup in Game Four. Price was asked what it means to be a good teammate, and as he broke down and began to get emotional, he replied with one word, “Everything.”
The first year manager Alex Cora has already impacted the team in one year more than other head coaches are able to throughout their entire career. After the World Series had concluded, multiple players like Xander Bogaerts and Eduardo Nunez were asked about their manager. Bogaerts was battling throughout an injury all last season, but this year, Cora made sure his player was feeling almost 100 percent throughout the 162 games. Bogaerts said that Cora would ask him how he’s feeling and when he would like days off. When Nunez didn’t start game one, Cora told him the reason why and had him prepare to pinch hit. Fans are always curious as to if the manager of their team has a bond with players. It’s evident that throughout the season, Cora created that connection with his team and staff. What makes a manager great isn’t just deciding who should play what position in certain moments, but also if the team he coaches for trust him and confides in the manager. Clearly, Alex Cora had those features.
Chemistry is the most important feature that can lead to a World Series team. This 2018 Boston Red Sox roster, chemistry surrounded that clubhouse. The bond between players, as well as their coach, is what make this team so special. In 2004 the Red Sox were motivated to break the curse, in 2007 they were on a mission after proving doubter wrong that it would take another 86 years to win again, 2013 they won it for the state of Massachusetts after the Boston bombing, and in 2018, the won it for each other.