SEATTLE -- It is a narrative that will not disappear until the Red Sox repeat or a new World Series champion is crowned: How can this team do it again?
Jackie Bradley Jr. sees the formula as simple: Just win more games than everyone else.
But if it were that easy, baseball wouldn’t be in a 19-year stretch without a repeat champion. The last team to accomplish the feat was the 1998-2000 New York Yankees.
The winning combination is a mix of talent, health, luck and chemistry. Yes, team chemistry is a factor.
At least it is for this iteration of the Red Sox.
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“We’re all family. There’s been a lot of trials and tribulations we’ve went through and that we are gonna go through, Mookie Betts said. “Gives you reassurance and that we’re all one, big happy family with one common goal.”
The objective is another title.
“We have a really good team, said Bradley, “If we play the way we are capable of playing and play the game the right way, I think good things can happen”
If you ask guys in the clubhouse why this team had so much good fortune, it’s because they check their egos at the door.
“When you look to your left or your right, you’re not just playing for the Red Sox. You are playing for that person.”
But even the tightest-knit families have issues.
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“It’s not going to be easy," said Chris Sale “[It’s] going to be a grind, but we are up for it.”
And their time together is limited. Manager Alex Cora surely won’t dwell on this, but he understands this family can’t stay together forever. No one knows if J.D. Martinez, Xander Bogaerts or Rick Porcello will be here in 2020.
“We know where we’re at,” said Alex Cora. “We know there’s a lot of guys here because of their time. I don’t know. Hopefully they’re back, some of them won’t be.”
Which means this particular window won’t be open for long. Another will undoubtedly open, but this team understands they only have one more season to win for each other.
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