2018 World Series

The 2018 World Series was the championship series of Major League Baseball's 2018 season. The 114th edition of the World Series was played between the American League (AL) champion Boston Red Sox and the National League (NL) champion Los Angeles Dodgers. The Red Sox beat the Dodgers in five games to win their fourth World Series title in 15 years dating back to 2004, and their ninth in franchise history. This was the second World Series match-up between the two franchises, after the Red Sox defeated the Brooklyn Robins (later known as the Dodgers) in five games in 1916. The series was sponsored by the Internet television service YouTube TV and officially known as the 2018 World Series presented by YouTube TV.[2]

The Series was televised in the United States on Fox. Steve Pearce won the World Series Most Valuable Player Award, while Alex Cora became the fifth first-season manager[3] and first manager from Puerto Rico[4] to win the World Series. The Series was notable for its third game which went for 18 innings, a World Series record.

The 2018 World Series was the first since 2000 to feature two teams which had also reached the postseason in the prior year. Additionally, the Red Sox became the first team to win two World Series exactly one century apart, as they had defeated the Chicago Cubs in 1918, while the Dodgers were the first team since the 2011 Texas Rangers, and the first NL team since the 1992 Atlanta Braves, to lose consecutive Fall Classics.

2018 World Series
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Team (Wins) Manager(s) Season
Boston Red Sox (4) Alex Cora 108–54 (.667), 8 GA
Los Angeles Dodgers (1) Dave Roberts 92–71 (.564), 1 GA
DatesOctober 23–28
MVPSteve Pearce (Boston)
UmpiresTed Barrett (Crew Chief), Fieldin Culbreth (Games 3–5), Kerwin Danley, Chad Fairchild, Jeff Nelson, Jim Reynolds, Tim Timmons (Games 1–2)[1]
ALCSBoston Red Sox defeated Houston Astros, 4–1
NLCSLos Angeles Dodgers defeated Milwaukee Brewers, 4–3
Broadcast
TelevisionFox (United States – English)
Fox Deportes (United States – Spanish)
MLB International (International - English)
TV announcersJoe Buck, John Smoltz, Ken Rosenthal, and Tom Verducci (Fox)
Rolando Nichols, Carlos Álvarez, and Edgar Gonzalez (Fox Deportes)
Matt Vasgersian and Buck Martinez (MLB International)
RadioESPN (English)
ESPN Deportes (Spanish)
WEEI 93.7 FM (BOS – English)
WCCM 1490 AM (BOS – Spanish)
AM 570 LA Sports (LAD – English)
Univision America 1020 (LAD – Spanish)
Radio Korea 1540 (LAD – Korean)
Radio announcersDan Shulman (Games 1–4), Jon Sciambi (Game 5), and Chris Singleton (ESPN)
Eduardo Ortega and Orlando Hernández (ESPN Deportes)
Joe Castiglione, Tim Neverett, and Lou Merloni (BOS – English)
Uri Berenguer (BOS – Spanish)
Charley Steiner and Rick Monday (LAD – English)
Jaime Jarrín and Jorge Jarrín (LAD – Spanish)
Richard Choi and Chong Ho Yim (LAD – Korean)
World Series

Background

The Boston Red Sox' most recent World Series appearance was their 2013 win over the St. Louis Cardinals. The Los Angeles Dodgers, who last won a World Series in 1988 over the Oakland Athletics, made their second consecutive appearance, after losing to the Houston Astros in 2017. The two franchises faced each other in the 1916 World Series; the Red Sox won the series in five games against the then-Brooklyn Robins.[5]

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Andrew Benintendi (left), Jackie Bradley Jr. (center), and Mookie Betts (right)

Red Sox manager Alex Cora and Dodgers manager Dave Roberts were teammates on the Dodgers in 2002, 2003, and 2004. Although they did not play together on the Red Sox, both managers played and won a World Series championship with Boston—Roberts in 2004 and Cora in 2007. This was the first World Series with two managers of color;[6] additionally, both managers were born outside the contiguous United States, as Cora was born in Puerto Rico and Roberts in Japan.[7]

Boston Red Sox

The Red Sox finished with a 108–54 (.667) record, winning the American League East division title for the third consecutive season, eight games ahead of the second-place New York Yankees,[8] and were the first team to clinch a berth in the 2018 postseason.[9] The Red Sox surpassed the 100-win mark for the first time since 1946, broke the franchise record of 105 wins that had been set in 1912, and won the most games of any MLB team since the 2001 Seattle Mariners won 116.[10] The 2018 Red Sox were highlighted by All-Stars Mookie Betts, Craig Kimbrel, J. D. Martinez, Mitch Moreland, and Chris Sale. Betts led baseball in batting average and slugging percentage, while Martinez led in runs batted in. Sale tossed only 158 innings due to a shoulder injury late in the year, but was otherwise superb, posting a 2.11 earned run average to go along with 237 strikeouts. Kimbrel saved 42 games and struck out 96 batters.

The Red Sox entered the postseason as the top seed in the American League, and defeated the Yankees in four games in the Division Series.[11] Next, they defeated the defending champion Houston Astros in five games in the League Championship Series.[12] Including their 2004 win that ended the Curse of the Bambino, this was the fourth World Series appearance by the Red Sox in 15 years and their 13th appearance all-time.

Los Angeles Dodgers

Despite a 16–26 (.381) start to the season and nine losses in an 11 game stretch in mid-August, the Dodgers made the playoffs for the sixth straight year by winning the division in a Game 163 over the Rockies. At the July trade deadline, the team traded for All-Star shortstop Manny Machado from the Orioles to replace injured shortstop Corey Seager and a former All-Star second baseman Brian Dozier from the Twins. In August, the Dodgers acquired former World Series MVP David Freese from the Pirates. For the second year in a row, the Dodgers broke their franchise record for most team home runs in a season.[13] With a 92–71 (.564) record, the team entered the playoffs as a second seed and went on to beat the Atlanta Braves in four games in the 2018 National League Division Series and the Milwaukee Brewers in seven games in the 2018 National League Championship Series,[14] becoming the first team in either league to win Game 7 of a League Championship Series on the road since the 2006 Cardinals.

The 2018 Dodgers were the first team to make the World Series by winning their tie-breaker game since the 2007 Colorado Rockies, who also faced Boston in that World Series. This was the Dodgers' fifth back-to-back World Series appearance. Two came in Brooklyn in 19521953 and 19551956, and two came in Los Angeles in 19651966 and 19771978. Overall, this was the Dodgers' 20th World Series appearance.[15]

Summary

Boston won the series, 4–1.

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance 
1 October 23 Los Angeles Dodgers – 4, Boston Red Sox – 8 Fenway Park 3:52 38,454[16] 
2 October 24 Los Angeles Dodgers – 2, Boston Red Sox – 4 Fenway Park 3:12 38,644[17] 
3 October 26 Boston Red Sox – 2, Los Angeles Dodgers – 3 (18) Dodger Stadium 7:20 53,114[18] 
4 October 27 Boston Red Sox − 9 , Los Angeles Dodgers − 6 Dodger Stadium 3:57 54,400[19] 
5 October 28 Boston Red Sox – 5 , Los Angeles Dodgers – 1 Dodger Stadium 3:00 54,367[20]

Pre-game ceremonies

Game summaries

Game 1

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Eduardo Núñez hit a three-run home run for Boston in the seventh inning.
October 23, 2018, 8:11 pm (EDT) at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts, 53 °F (12 °C), clear
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Los Angeles 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 4 8 0
Boston 2 0 1 0 2 0 3 0 X 8 11 0
WP: Matt Barnes (1–0)   LP: Clayton Kershaw (0–1)
Home runs:
LAD: Matt Kemp (1)
BOS: Eduardo Núñez (1)
Attendance: 38,454
Boxscore

The Red Sox started Chris Sale against the Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw. Kershaw became the first pitcher to start the first game of the World Series in back-to-back years since Cliff Lee did so in 2009 (for the Phillies) and 2010 (for the Rangers) and the first to do so for the same team since Dave Stewart pitched three consecutive Game 1s for the Oakland Athletics from 1988 to 1990.[37] The Red Sox struck in the first inning when Mookie Betts singled, stole second and then scored on a hit by Andrew Benintendi, who subsequently scored on a single by J. D. Martinez. Boston benefited from Dodgers' first baseman David Freese missing a foul pop-up by Betts, and right fielder Yasiel Puig allowing Benintendi to advance to second base on a late throw to the plate.[38] A homer by Matt Kemp in the second inning gave the Dodgers a run, and an RBI single by Manny Machado in the third inning tied the score, 2–2. In the bottom of the third, Steve Pearce grounded into a fielder's choice—which was called an inning-ending double play on the field, but overturned by video review—and the Red Sox regained the lead on an RBI double by Martinez in the following at-bat. In the top of the fifth, a groundout by Machado plated Brian Dozier to even the score, 3–3.[39] Sale wound up pitching into the fifth inning, allowing three runs on five hits and two walks with seven strikeouts. The Red Sox loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the fifth, and scored the go-ahead run when Xander Bogaerts grounded into a fielder's choice. A single by Rafael Devers off reliever Ryan Madson in the next at-bat made it 5–3. Kershaw's final line was five runs on seven hits and three walks with five strikeouts in four-plus innings. The Dodgers loaded the bases in the seventh off reliever Ryan Brasier and scored a run on a sacrifice fly by Machado. Eduardo Núñez hit a pinch-hit three run home run off Alex Wood in the bottom of the seventh to make it a four run lead for the Red Sox, 8–4, with no further scoring in the game.[40] Boston reliever Matt Barnes, who finished the fifth inning after relieving Sale, got the win, while Kershaw took the loss for Los Angeles.[41]

Game 2

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Boston starter David Price got the win in Game 2, his second win of the 2018 postseason.
October 24, 2018, 8:10 pm (EDT) at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts, 47 °F (8 °C), cloudy
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Los Angeles 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 0
Boston 0 1 0 0 3 0 0 0 X 4 8 0
WP: David Price (1–0)   LP: Hyun-jin Ryu (0–1)   Sv: Craig Kimbrel (1)
Attendance: 38,644
Boxscore

Game 2 featured another matchup of left-handed pitchers; Boston started David Price, who got the win in Game 5 of the 2018 American League Championship Series, while Los Angeles started Hyun-jin Ryu, who took the loss in Game 6 of the 2018 National League Championship Series. The Red Sox again scored first, this time in the second inning, when Xander Bogaerts doubled and then scored on a single by Ian Kinsler. The Dodgers loaded the bases in the fourth inning and David Freese scored on a sacrifice fly by Matt Kemp to tie the game; Yasiel Puig then singled to drive in Manny Machado with the go-ahead run. After the Red Sox loaded the bases against Ryu in the bottom of the fifth, reliever Ryan Madson walked in the tying run and J. D. Martinez drove in two more with a single. Ryu's final line was four runs allowed on six hits and one walk with five strikeouts in 4​23 innings.[42] Price only allowed two runs on three hits and three walks in six innings while striking out five. Both bullpens prevented more runs from scoring as the Red Sox won, 4–2, to take a two games to none lead.[43] Ryu took the loss for the Dodgers, while Price earned the win for Boston with closer Craig Kimbrel getting his sixth save this postseason. It was also the 100th postseason victory in Red Sox franchise history.[44]

Game 3

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Max Muncy hit the game-winning home run in the 18th inning of Game 3.
October 26, 2018, 5:10 pm (PDT) at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California, 78 °F (26 °C), clear
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 R H E
Boston 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 7 1
Los Angeles 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 3 11 1
WP: Alex Wood (1–0)   LP: Nathan Eovaldi (0–1)
Home runs:
BOS: Jackie Bradley Jr. (1)
LAD: Joc Pederson (1), Max Muncy (1)
Attendance: 53,114
Boxscore

After two games started by left-handed pitchers, both teams started right-handed pitchers for Game 3; Walker Buehler for the Dodgers and Rick Porcello for the Red Sox. With no designated hitter, J. D. Martinez started in left field for the Red Sox, in place of usual left fielder Andrew Benintendi.[45] The Dodgers scored first, for the first time in the series, when Joc Pederson homered in the third inning. Porcello pitched 4​23 innings, allowing the one run on three hits and one walk while striking out five. Buehler pitched seven scoreless innings allowing only two hits with no walks and seven strikeouts. Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a home run off Kenley Jansen with two outs in the eighth inning to tie the game. It was Jansen's first blown save in four opportunities this postseason.[46]

No one scored in the ninth after Cody Bellinger was caught between bases to end the ninth. and the game went into extra innings tied at one. In the 13th inning, Brock Holt walked, advanced on a wild pitch and scored the go-ahead run on an infield single by Eduardo Núñez and a throwing error by pitcher Scott Alexander. Then in the bottom of the inning, Max Muncy walked against Nathan Eovaldi, advanced to second on a pop out to Núñez in foul territory (Nuñez made a great catch and tumbled into the stands after making the catch, which allowed Muncy to advance) and then scored the tying run after an infield hit by Yasiel Puig and a throwing error by Ian Kinsler. In the bottom of the fifteenth, Muncy appeared to hit a walk-off home run down the right-field line but the ball hooked foul. Muncy hit a walk-off home run off Eovaldi in the 18th inning to win it for the Dodgers, 3–2, to cut their series deficit to 2–1. Eovaldi had just begun his seventh inning of relief.

At 18 innings and seven hours and 20 minutes, this contest became the longest World Series game by both innings and time, surpassing (in playing time) Game 3 of the 2005 World Series, which lasted 14 innings and five hours and 41 minutes, and breaking the record (in innings) first set in Game 2 of the 1916 World Series, when the Red Sox and Dodgers (then known as the Robins) played 14 innings.[47] Muncy tied the record for latest (18th inning) walk-off hit in postseason history, equalling Chris Burke in Game 4 of the 2005 National League Division Series.[48] It was also the Dodgers' first game-winning World Series home run since Kirk Gibson in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series. The game took longer to play than the entire 1939 World Series, which had seven hours and five minutes of total playing time over four games.[49]

Game 4

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Steve Pearce had four RBIs and scored twice in Boston's Game 4 win.
October 27, 2018, 5:11 pm (PDT) at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California, 74 °F (23 °C), clear
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Boston 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 5 9 8 1
Los Angeles 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 2 6 9 0
WP: Joe Kelly (1–0)   LP: Dylan Floro (0–1)
Home runs:
BOS: Mitch Moreland (1), Steve Pearce (1)
LAD: Yasiel Puig (1), Kiké Hernández (1)
Attendance: 54,400
Boxscore

Following the longest game in World Series history, the Dodgers started Rich Hill while Eduardo Rodríguez made his first start of the postseason for the Red Sox. At 38 years old, Hill was the oldest player to start a World Series game since 39-year-old Tim Hudson started two games for the San Francisco Giants in 2014 and the oldest for the Dodgers since Sal Maglie in 1956.[50] As he had pitched in relief in Game 3, Rodríguez became just the sixth pitcher in history to start a World Series game with zero days rest, and the first since Firpo Marberry of the Washington Senators in the 1924 World Series.[51] The Red Sox had intended to start Nathan Eovaldi, but he needed rest after throwing 97 pitches in relief in Game 3.[52] With no designated hitter, the Red Sox started an outfield of Andrew Benintendi, Mookie Betts, and J. D. Martinez, with Jackie Bradley Jr. on the bench in place of Benintendi, who did not start the previous game.[53]

The game was scoreless through the first five innings. In the bottom of the sixth, the Dodgers loaded the bases against Rodríguez and scored the game's first run on a throwing error by catcher Christian Vázquez. The next batter, Yasiel Puig, hit a three-run home run to extend the lead to 4–0. Rodríguez was taken out after 5​23 innings, allowing the four runs on four hits and two walks with six strikeouts. At that point, Red Sox ace Chris Sale made an angry speech that fired up his teammates in the dugout.[54] In the top of the seventh, after striking out Eduardo Núñez with a runner on first, Hill was taken off the mound in favor of reliever Ryan Madson, a decision by Roberts which was criticized by several including President Donald Trump.[55] Mitch Moreland hit a three-run pinch-hit home run off of Madson to make it a one run game. Hill was charged with one run in ​6 13 innings on one hit and three walks with seven strikeouts. Madson set a new World Series record by allowing seven inherited runners to score in the series. Steve Pearce hit a homer off Kenley Jansen in the eighth inning. This was the second straight day Jansen allowed a game tying home run in that inning.[56] Jansen became just the second pitcher in World Series history to allow game-tying home runs in back-to-back games (Byung-hyun Kim for the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2001 was the other). In the top of the ninth, Brock Holt doubled off Dylan Floro and was driven in by a single by pinch hitter Rafael Devers to give Boston their first lead of the game. The Red Sox loaded the bases against Floro and Alex Wood and then Pearce doubled to right center off Kenta Maeda, scoring all three runs to put the Red Sox up, 8–4. They added another run when Xander Bogaerts drove in Pearce with a single. Kiké Hernández hit a two-run homer off of Craig Kimbrel in the ninth to cut the lead to three. Kimbrel was able to get the last three outs and the Red Sox took a three games to one lead.[57]

Game 5

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Alex Cora, seen here as a player in 2008, led the Red Sox to the World Series championship in his first year as manager.
October 28, 2018, 5:17 pm (PDT) at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California, 77 °F (25 °C), partly cloudy
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Boston 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 5 8 0
Los Angeles 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 0
WP: David Price (2–0)   LP: Clayton Kershaw (0–2)
Home runs:
BOS: Steve Pearce 2 (3), Mookie Betts (1), J. D. Martinez (1)
LAD: David Freese (1)
Attendance: 54,367
Boxscore

On October 28, Los Angeles became the first city to host an MLB, NFL (Rams), NHL (Kings), MLS (Galaxy) and NBA (Clippers) game all on the same day.[58] Clayton Kershaw started for the Dodgers,[59] while David Price started for the Red Sox.[60] Price became the first pitcher to start World Series games no more than four days apart while also pitching in relief between those games since Jack Billingham of the Cincinnati Reds did so in the 1972 World Series.[61] Jackie Bradley Jr. again did not start in the outfield for Boston, but entered the game as a defensive replacement in the bottom of the ninth inning.[62]

Both teams scored in the first inning. The Red Sox scored in the top of the inning after a one out single by Andrew Benintendi followed by a two-run home run by Steve Pearce. David Freese led off the bottom of the inning with a home run for the Dodgers. No one else scored until the sixth inning, when Mookie Betts hit a home run with one out and then J. D. Martinez hit a lead-off homer in the seventh to make it 4–1. Kershaw pitched seven innings, allowing four runs on seven hits, with five strikeouts and no walks.[63] In the eighth inning, Pearce hit another home run, this time off of Pedro Báez. Price pitched into the eighth, allowing only one run on three hits and two walks while striking out five. He became just the fifth pitcher to pitch 6+ innings and allow three or fewer hits in three straight postseason starts.[64] Joe Kelly and Chris Sale pitched the last two innings and both struck out the side, Sale getting Manny Machado to strike out for the last out, the Red Sox winning the game 5–1 and the title 4–1.[65] Pearce won the World Series Most Valuable Player Award.[66]

Composite line score

2018 World Series (4–1): Boston Red Sox beat Los Angeles Dodgers.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 R H E
Los Angeles Dodgers 1 1 2 2 1 4 1 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 16 34 1
Boston Red Sox 4 1 1 0 5 1 7 3 5 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 28 42 2
Home runs:
LAD: David Freese (1), Kiké Hernández (1), Matt Kemp (1), Max Muncy (1), Joc Pederson (1), Yasiel Puig (1)
BOS: Steve Pearce (3), Mookie Betts (1), Jackie Bradley Jr. (1), J. D. Martinez (1), Mitch Moreland (1), Eduardo Núñez (1)
Total attendance: 238,979   Average attendance: 47,796
Winning player's share: $416,838.72.[67]   Losing player's share: $262,027.49.[67]

Umpires

Of the seven umpires selected for the series, at least five had a bad call ratio (BCR) worse than the overall MLB umpiring average, per research conducted at the Questrom School of Business at Boston University.[68] None of the seven were included in the best ten list for the 2018 season, while crew chief Ted Barrett was rated as having the worst BCR in MLB for the 2018 season.[68]

Broadcasting

Television

The World Series was televised nationally by Fox for the 19th straight year. Joe Buck was the play-by-play announcer, with John Smoltz as the color commentator. Ken Rosenthal and Tom Verducci were the field reporters.[69] Fox Deportes offered a Spanish-language feed, with Rolando Nichols providing play-by-play and Carlos Álvarez and Edgar Gonzalez doing color commentary.[70]

Outside of the United States, MLB International carried the series with play-by-play by Matt Vasgersian and color commentary by Buck Martinez.[70]

Ratings

Game Ratings
(households)
Share
(households)
U.S. audience
(in millions)
Ref
1 8.2 16 13.761 [71]
2 8.1 15 13.458 [72]
3 7.9 18 13.251 [73]
4 7.9 16 13.563 [74]
5 10.0 18 17.634 [75]

Radio

ESPN Radio broadcast all the World Series games in English for the 21st straight year as part of Major League Baseball on ESPN Radio.[69] Dan Shulman called the play-by-play, with Chris Singleton serving as color analyst and Buster Olney as field reporter. Marc Kestecher hosted the pre-game show with Olney and Tim Kurkjian reporting. Jon Sciambi called the play-by-play for Game 5 due to Shulman developing laryngitis.[76]

ESPN Deportes Radio provided Spanish-language coverage of the Series. Eduardo Ortega called the play-by-play and Orlando Hernández, Renato Bermudez, and José Francisco Rivera served as analysts.[77]

Locally, both teams' flagship radio stations broadcast the series with their regular announcers, which were simulcast over SiriusXM radio. In Los Angeles, the broadcast was on AM 570 LA Sports with Charley Steiner and Rick Monday in English, on Univision America 1020 with Jaime Jarrín and Jorge Jarrín in Spanish, and on Radio Korea 1540 AM in Korean. The Red Sox broadcast was on WEEI 93.7 FM in English with Joe Castiglione, Tim Neverett and Lou Merloni, and in Spanish on WCCM 1490 AM with Uri Berenguer.[78][79][80]

Sponsorship

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The Red Sox held a victory parade in Boston on October 31.

The 2018 World Series was sponsored by YouTube TV, the second consecutive year that the service sponsored the series. This sponsorship included logo branding in-stadium and on official digital properties, on the field, as well as commercial inventory during Fox's telecasts of the games.[81] As part of the agreement, YouTube TV will also sponsor the 2019 World Series.[2]

Celebration

On the morning of October 31, a Red Sox celebration parade began at Fenway Park and made its way downtown to its final destination on Staniford Street.[82][83] During the celebration, the World Series trophy sustained minor damage from a beer can thrown by a spectator; it was subsequently repaired.[84]

An 80-minute documentary, 2018 World Series: Damage Done, which was produced by MLB and narrated by Uzo Aduba,[85] was released on December 4.[86]

On December 3, Red Sox president Sam Kennedy announced that team accepted an invitation to visit the White House.[87] Originally planned for February 15, 2019, the visit was postponed to May 9, 2019, due to the 2018–19 United States federal government shutdown.[88] Alex Cora announced that he would not attend, citing the administration's response to Hurricane Maria in his native Puerto Rico.[89] On May 9, various team members along with owner John W. Henry and president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski visited the White House and met with President Trump.[90][91]

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Red Sox at the White House with President Trump on May 9, 2019

See also

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1916 World Series

In the 1916 World Series, the Boston Red Sox beat the Brooklyn Robins four games to one. It was the first World Series meeting between the teams.

Casey Stengel shone on offense for the Robins in the 1916 Series, but the Red Sox pitching corps ultimately proved too much for the denizens of Flatbush. The Sox's Babe Ruth pitched thirteen shutout innings in Game 2, starting a consecutive scoreless innings streak that would reach 29 in 1918. As with the 1915 Series, the Red Sox played their home games at the larger Braves Field, and it paid off as they drew a then-record 43,620 people for the final game.

Brooklyn fielded some strong teams under their manager and namesake Wilbert Robinson in the late 1910s. The Robins, also interchangeably called the Dodgers, would win the pennant again in 1920, but the American League teams were generally stronger during that interval. It would be 39 years before the Dodgers would win their first World Series title in 1955.

The two franchises met again in the postseason for the first time in 102 years in the 2018 World Series, 60 years after the Dodgers relocated to Los Angeles. The record for most innings played in a World Series game, set by Game 2 in 1916, at 14, was broken by Game 3 in 2018, at 18. Just like their first matchup in the World Series, the Red Sox would eventually go on to defeat the Dodgers in five games to win their ninth World Series championship.

2018 Auckland Darts Masters

The 2018 Auckland Darts Masters, presented by Burger King & TAB was the fourth staging of the tournament by the Professional Darts Corporation, as the fourth entry in the 2018 World Series of Darts. The tournament featured 16 players (eight PDC players facing eight regional qualifiers) and was held at The Trusts Arena in Auckland, New Zealand from 3–5 August 2018.

Kyle Anderson was the defending champion after defeating compatriot Corey Cadby 11–10 in the 2017 final, but lost 10–3 to Peter Wright in the quarter-finals.

Michael van Gerwen won the title after beating Raymond van Barneveld 11–4 in the final.

2018 Brisbane Darts Masters

The 2018 Brisbane Darts Masters was the inaugural staging of the tournament by the Professional Darts Corporation, as a sixth and final entry in the 2018 World Series of Darts. The tournament featured 16 players (eight PDC players facing eight regional qualifiers) and was held at the BCEC in Brisbane from 17–19 August 2018.

Rob Cross became the inaugural champion in Brisbane, after defeating Michael van Gerwen 11–6 in the final.

2018 German Darts Masters

The 2018 German Darts Masters was the second staging of the tournament by the Professional Darts Corporation, and was the first entry in the 2018 World Series of Darts. The tournament featured 16 players (eight PDC players facing eight regional qualifiers) and was held at the Veltins-Arena in Gelsenkirchen, Germany on 25 May 2018.

Peter Wright was the defending champion after defeating Phil Taylor 11–4 in the final of the 2017 event, but he lost 8–2 in the semi-finals to Mensur Suljović.

Suljović won his first World Series title by defeating Dimitri Van den Bergh 8–2 in the final.

The event also broke the attendance record for a darts tournament with 20,210 people attending the event, beating the previous record set 70 years earlier.

2018 Melbourne Darts Masters

The 2018 Melbourne Darts Masters was the second staging of the tournament by the Professional Darts Corporation, as a fifth entry in the 2018 World Series of Darts. The tournament featured 16 players (eight PDC players facing eight regional qualifiers) and was held at the Hisense Arena in Melbourne from 10–12 August 2018.

Phil Taylor was the defending champion, defeating Peter Wright 11–8 in the 2017 final; however this would be Taylor's last televised title due to his retirement after the 2018 World Championship.

Wright avenged his defeat from the last tournament by winning his second World Series title after beating Michael Smith 11–8 in the final.

2018 Shanghai Darts Masters

The 2018 21.co.uk Shanghai Darts Masters was the third staging of the tournament by the Professional Darts Corporation, asand the second entry in the 2018 World Series of Darts. The tournament featured 16 players (eight PDC players facing eight regional qualifiers) and was held at the Pullman Hotel in Shanghai, China from 13–14 July 2018.Michael van Gerwen was the defending champion after defeating Dave Chisnall 8–0 in the final of the 2017 event, but he lost 8–4 in the semi-finals to Michael Smith.

Smith went on to win his first World Series title by beating Rob Cross 8–2 in the final.

2018 US Darts Masters

The 2018 William Hill US Darts Masters was the second staging of the tournament by the Professional Darts Corporation. It was the second event in the 2018 World Series of Darts. The tournament featured 16 players (8 PDC representatives and 8 North American representatives) and was held at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas on 6–7 July 2018.Michael van Gerwen was the defending champion after defeating Daryl Gurney 8–6 in the 2017 final. However, he lost 8–3 in the quarter-finals to James Wade.

Gary Anderson won his sixth World Series title after beating Rob Cross 8–4 in the final.

2018 World Series of Darts

The 2018 World Series of Darts was a series of televised darts tournaments organised by the Professional Darts Corporation. In 2018, there were 6 World Series events and one finals event, which has this year been moved from Glasgow, Scotland to Vienna, Austria.

2018 World Series of Darts Finals

The 2018 bwin World Series of Darts Finals was the fourth staging of the World Series of Darts Finals tournament, organised by the Professional Darts Corporation. The tournament took place in the Multiversum Schwechat, Vienna, Austria, from 2–4 November 2018. It featured a field of 24 players.

Michael van Gerwen was three-time defending champion after defeating Gary Anderson 11-6 in the 2017 final, but lost in the quarter-finals to Raymond van Barneveld 8–10. This ended a 13-match unbeaten streak and 3 year reign as champion.

James Wade won his first World Series Finals title. It was his second title in as many weeks after he beat Michael Smith 11–10 in a dramatic final, in which Wade missed two match darts in the penultimate leg and Smith missed five match darts in the final leg.

2018 World Series of Poker

The 2018 World Series of Poker (WSOP) is the 49th annual tournament, and took place from May 30 to July 17 at the Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. There was a record 78 bracelet events. The $10,000 No Limit Hold'em Main Event began on July 2 and concluded on July 15.The Main Event, as well as the Big One for One Drop, were again streamed in their entirety on ESPN and Poker Central.The 2018 World Series of Poker featured the announced retirement of ten-time bracelet winner and Poker Hall of Fame member Doyle Brunson from tournament poker, an announcement that came after he registered for the $10,000 No Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Championship (Event 23). Brunson made the final table of the event and finished in sixth place.

2018 World Series of Poker Europe

The 2018 World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE) took place from October 9-November 2 at King's Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic. There were 10 bracelet events, including a €100,000 No Limit Hold'em High Roller and the €10,350 No Limit Hold'em Main Event. The Main Event began with the first of two starting flights on October 27, with the final table taking place on November 2.

2018 World Series of Poker Europe results

Below are the results for the 2018 World Series of Poker Europe, which took place from October 9-November 2 at King's Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic. There were 10 scheduled events, culminating in the €10,350 Main Event.

2018 World Series of Poker results

Below are the results of the 2018 World Series of Poker, held from May 30-July 17 at the Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Alex Cora

José Alexander Cora (born October 18, 1975) is a Puerto Rican professional baseball manager and former infielder. He is the manager for the Boston Red Sox of Major League Baseball (MLB). Cora led the team to the 2018 World Series championship in his first season as a manager, becoming the fifth manager to do so in MLB history and the first as a Puerto Rican manager.Cora played college baseball at the University of Miami before playing in MLB for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Cleveland Indians, Boston Red Sox, New York Mets, Texas Rangers, and Washington Nationals from 1998 through 2011. Cora was a baseball analyst for ESPN before becoming a coach and manager.

Boston Red Sox

The Boston Red Sox are an American professional baseball team based in Boston, Massachusetts. The Red Sox compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the American League (AL) East division. The Red Sox have won nine World Series championships, tied for the third-most of any MLB team, and they have played in 13. Their most recent appearance and win was in 2018. In addition, they won the 1904 American League pennant, but were not able to defend their 1903 World Series championship when the New York Giants refused to participate in the 1904 World Series. Founded in 1901 as one of the American League's eight charter franchises, the Red Sox' home ballpark has been Fenway Park since 1912. The "Red Sox" name was chosen by the team owner, John I. Taylor, circa 1908, following the lead of previous teams that had been known as the "Boston Red Stockings", including the forerunner of the Atlanta Braves.

Boston was a dominant team in the new league, defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates in the first World Series in 1903 and winning four more championships by 1918. However, they then went into one of the longest championship droughts in baseball history, dubbed the "Curse of the Bambino" after its alleged inception due to the Red Sox' sale of Babe Ruth to the rival New York Yankees two years after their world championship in 1918, an 86-year wait before the team's sixth World Championship in 2004. The team's history during that period was punctuated with some of the most memorable moments in World Series history, including Enos Slaughter's "mad dash" in 1946, the "Impossible Dream" of 1967, Carlton Fisk's home run in 1975, and Bill Buckner's error in 1986. Following their victory in the 2018 World Series, they became the first team to win four World Series trophies in the 21st century, with championships in 2004, 2007, 2013 and 2018. Red Sox history has also been marked by the team's intense rivalry with the Yankees, arguably the fiercest and most historic in North American professional sports.The Boston Red Sox are owned by Fenway Sports Group, which also owns Liverpool F.C. of the Premier League in England. The Red Sox are consistently one of the top MLB teams in average road attendance, while the small capacity of Fenway Park prevents them from leading in overall attendance. From May 15, 2003 to April 10, 2013, the Red Sox sold out every home game—a total of 820 games (794 regular season) for a major professional sports record. Both Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline", and The Standells's "Dirty Water" have become anthems for the Red Sox.

Chris Sale

Christopher Allen Sale (born March 30, 1989) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Boston Red Sox of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played in MLB for the Chicago White Sox, with whom he made his major league debut on August 6, 2010. As a power pitcher, Sale excels at achieving high numbers of strikeouts, and has set a number of strikeout-related records. He bats and throws left-handed, stands 6 feet 6 inches (1.98 m), and weighs 180 pounds (82 kg).A seven-time MLB All-Star consecutively from 2012 to 2018, Sale is a two-time American League (AL) leader in strikeouts, including in 2015 and 2017. As of 2017, he is MLB's career leader in strikeout-to-walk ratio (5.25), and reached 1,500 strikeouts in the second fewest innings pitched (1,290). After reaching 300 strikeouts in a single season for the first time in 2017, he was selected as the AL Sporting News Starting Pitcher of the Year. Although he has yet to win a Cy Young Award, in each of his All-Star seasons, he has placed in the top six.

A native of Lakeland, Florida, located within the Tampa Bay Area, Sale played college baseball for Florida Gulf Coast University. The Chicago White Sox selected him 13th overall in the 2010 amateur draft. He was a key member of the Red Sox pitching rotation that helped the team win the 2018 World Series over the Los Angeles Dodgers. He is under contract with Boston through 2024.

Maik Langendorf

Maik Langendorf (born 11 March 1972) is a German-based Austrian darts player. He won a PDC tour card on the second day of the 2017 PDC Darts Qualifying School.He has also represented Austria in the PDC World Cup of Darts in 2010 and 2013, both times with Mensur Suljović.

Langendorf qualified for the 2018 World Series of Darts Finals on 19 October 2018, where he lost 6-5 against Damon Heta.

Swingman

A swingman is an athlete capable of playing multiple positions in their sport.

Uruguay national rugby sevens team

The Uruguay national rugby sevens team is a minor national sevens side.

At the South American Sevens, Uruguay has won in 2012 and been runner-up six times. The team was fourth at both the 2011 and 2015 Pan American Games.

They participated in the 2014 Hong Kong Sevens in the World Series Qualifier, reaching the quarterfinals after finishing second in their pool, but lost to Russia 21-14. At the 2015 Hong Kong Sevens, they claimed wins over Brazil and Mexico and losses to Hong Kong and Papua New Guinea. The team did not qualify to the 2016 Hong Kong Sevens.

The team will participate in the 2018 World Series Qualifier at the 2018 Hong Kong Sevens.

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