Monday, October 29, 2018

Ladies And Gentlemen, The State Of The Nation Is Very, Very, Very Good

As we bask in the glory of our team's ninth World Series Championship, we should note how truly historic this season was. Your 2018 Carmine Hose left three pretty good teams in their wake—both the Yankees and Astros won 100 games or more. And the Dodgers were, well, the 'best' of fifteen mediocre National League teams. The Red Sox lost just three games in their championship run (one in each of the three rounds) and went 7-1 on the road. This team is stocked with still-controllable young, home-grown talent. They will likely re-sign most—if not all— of their key free-agents (Joe Kelly, Nathan Eovaldi, Craig Kimbrel, Steve Pearce). After his 2018 redemption tour, David Price will probably not "opt-out" of his contract and be back for 2019. While Boston's chief rival will probably sign Manny Machado and a top starting pitcher, the Red Sox will still be slightly better than The Evil Ones in 2019 (with some key pitching signings of their own). There is a clear championship window ahead for Boston—at least for the next three or four years. Let's savor this 2018 win and gear up for a few more.