Aside from winning the World Series, what was your favorite moment of the year?
Brendan: My favorite moment came in the ALDS. Sending the Yankees packing to the land of the offseason IN Yankee Stadium is just too damn sweet. Beating the Yankees is always great, but ending their season in their house is just that much better.
Rick: Down 7-1 going into the eighth at Atlanta on September 5 and the Red Sox looked absolutely lost. Then they roll and put up six only to give one back to Atlanta in the last half of the eighth. And then in the ninth, Brandon Phillips puts one out for two runs and a 9-8 lead that Kimbrel saves.
Josh: The best moment of the year was bouncing the Yankees in the ALDS in New York, and then rubbing it in by playing “New York, New York” in the locker room to celebrate. Baseball needs more of that kind of pettiness, especially in the great, old rivalries.
Robert: Jackie Bradley’s grand slam against the Astros got me very excited. I’ve always been a JBJ supporter through the good and bad, so it was great to see him come through in a big spot and to see all of Red Sox Nation have his back.
Steve: The Red Sox taking care of business and beating the Yankees at Yankee Stadium. The Sox and Yankee rivalry seemed to come back last offseason when the Yankees got Stanton. But the Sox got J.D. Martinez instead and destroyed the Yankees all season. The ALDS was even more special because it brought back memories of winning the ALCS at Yankee Stadium in 2004. Beating the Yankees is always something special but doing it at Yankee Stadium is even better.
Rudi: Mookie’s grand slam against remains a highlight for me. This just signified our dominance this season and remains the undisputed MVP’s defining moment during a season which saw him hit for the cycle.
Jason: My favorite moment of the season was without question Mookie Betts’ 13-pitch at-bat resulting in a grand slam. It was an epic battle between an All-Star pitcher and an MVP hitter that every baseball fan would love. On the 13th pitch, Mookie sent it over the Green Monster and Eck said the line of the season: “It’s time to party”. And the party never stopped.
Hunter: Ryan Brasier‘s return. The 31-year-old hadn’t thrown a pitch in the Majors since 2013. Back then he came into the league with tons of promise. Multiple injuries slowed down the hype though and he found himself pitching outside the Country. The Red Sox went to his workout and took a chance on him and the rest is history. Brasier dominated the Minors only to look even better in the Majors. Everyone loves a good comeback story, and Brasier looks like he’s not going to need another one.
What were your favorite moments, performances, plays and wins of the 2018 season? Let us know in the comments!