Things could have been so different. David Price was up 2-0 when he strolled to the mound before giving up a home run to David Freese immediately. Price was in trouble having pitched in relief in Game 3 and having had to warm up in Game 4 twice. But somehow, someway, he found his groove, and in the end he and the Red Sox wouldn’t allow another ruin the entirety of Game 5. Price’s seven innings included just five hits, allowing Boston to wait a while to use what was a very tired bullpen. But for Boston, there was another hero as well.
That hero would go on to be named World Series MVP, and his name is Steve Pearce. After a tremendous showing in Game 4 on Saturday night, he continued his hot streak on Sunday night by hitting two home runs which drove in three runs. There is no other player that could realistically have taken the award due to just how big his bat was to them in this series. He effectively won them two games at the plate with great at-bats, and he will become the latest legend in an ever-expanding lexicon of New England favorites. The win made Alex Cora the fifth first-year manager to win the World Series, while the Dodgers are the first team since the 1930s to lose it on their home field two years in a row. The Red Sox now have nine World Series titles, moving them into a tie for third with the Oakland A’s.
The NFL got back to its normal slate of games on Sunday, and many did not disappoint. Aaron Rodgers and his Green Bay Packers, the biggest underdog he had ever been, went on the road to Los Angeles and held the Rams down. But in the end, the Rams were just too good, and they came away with a 29-27 win on the back of 195 total yards from Todd Gurley on 31 touches. The running back even helped run out the clock with a minute left when he chose to slow down instead of going into the end zone, a team move if there ever was one. Elsewhere, Drew Brees and the Saints won despite him only throwing for 120 yards against the Minnesota Vikings in a 30-20 win. They improved to 6-1, and will face their biggest test yet next week at home to the Rams.
The Chiefs won again, on the back of four more TD’s from Pat Mahomes, as they continue to light up the league. They ‘only’ scored 30 points this time, but the defense held Denver to just 23, so that is an improvement. And lastly, the Seattle Seahawks have moved themselves back into the mix after an 0-2 start by winning four of their last five games, including yesterday’s win 28-14 win over the seemingly always pathetic-looking Detroit Lions. A Wild Card slot could be open for them if their positive upturn continues in the coming weeks.