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Red Sox 'family' ready to celebrate another World Series before their window closes

Red Sox 'family' ready to celebrate another World Series before their window closes

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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Red Sox hold touching Memorial Day tribute at Fenway Park

Red Sox hold touching Memorial Day tribute at Fenway Park

The Boston Red Sox on Monday paid tribute to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the United States of America.

At a nearly-empty Fenway Park, the Red Sox honored Memorial Day by dropping the American flag over the Green Monster. Robert Bean, a Medford, Mass., native and retired member of the United States Marine Corps and National Guard, performed “Taps” to top off the moving tribute.

See more from the ceremony below:


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Boston was supposed to host the Kansas City Royals for a Memorial Day matchup. Unfortunately, we were unable to be treated to baseball on the holiday, but credit to the Red Sox for going on with their tribute to our fallen heroes.

Who are the best center fielders in Red Sox history? Ranking the Top 5

Who are the best center fielders in Red Sox history? Ranking the Top 5

The Red Sox have employed all manner of center fielders throughout their history.

Whereas left field has generally been home to run producers and right to all-around threats, the men in the middle have covered a wide range of styles. There are straight speedsters like Jacoby Ellsbury, defensive dynamos like Jackie Bradley Jr., fun-loving eccentric types like Johnny Damon, underappreciated standouts like Ellis Burks, and even plodding sluggers like Tony Armas.

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Only in recent years have the Red Sox consistently prioritized defense in the role, from Coco Crisp to Ellsbury to Bradley.

But that doesn't mean they haven't featured some talented players there, including a turn-of-century Hall of Famer, the younger brother of baseball royalty, and the one who fans over 50 still lament got away.

Click here for the Top 5 center fielders in Red Sox history.