Number 4: Xander Bogaerts‘ walk-off grand slam
The Red Sox hit 10 grand slams this year after hitting 0 in 2017. Three of the grand slams this year came off the bat of Xander Bogaerts, and none of them were better than this one.
Tied in the bottom of the 10th inning, bases loaded, and Bogaerts sends it over the centerfield wall to win the game! There aren’t many better ways to win a baseball game than a walk-off grand slam, and Xander’s electric emotion after hitting it showed that.
Number 3: Walk-off to sweep the Yankees
With their new managers and offseason acquisitions, the Red Sox and Yankees were expected to be battling it out for the AL East all season long. And it was a close battle for most of the year, until the Red Sox really pulled ahead in the 4-game series in early August.
The Red Sox already won the first 3 games of the series and led for most of the 4th game. But then after the Yankees scored 4 runs in the 7th, the Sox needed to mount a comeback against the Yankees’ deadly bullpen. In the bottom of the 9th with 2 outs against flamethrower Aroldis Chapman, the Red Sox scored 3 runs to tie the game. Then in the 10th, Andrew Benintendi delivered a walk-off single to complete the 4-game sweep of the Yankees:
Before this series, the Red Sox were up 5 games on the Yankees in the division. After the sweep, they were up 9 games – a lead they never gave up.