Red Sox World Series MVPs on hand for 2018 World Series rings ceremony

Nick Friar
April 09, 2019 - 2:26 pm

It’s been said quite a bit since the turn of the century, but it’s hard to believe just how many championships the city of Boston has celebrated since the Patriots won their first one. While the Pats set the standard professional sports teams across the country, never mind Boston, the fact the Red Sox were presented another set of World Series rings on Tuesday — the franchise’s fourth set since getting things started in 2004 — is almost harder to believe.

Looking at the cast of misfits that took the field prior to the home opener, there was a list of players who somehow made things work with a team that had previously been snake-bitten for almost a century. From Manny Ramirez to David Ortiz to Mike Lowell, all the way to the players receiving their 2018 World Series rings, like Steve Pearce and Nathan Eovaldi, both of which came off the scrap heap to play major parts in Boston’s postseason run, it’s an eclectic cast of characters.

No group represents the randomness of Red Sox heroism more than the four World Series MVPs: Ortiz, Pearce, Ramirez, and Lowell. All four were on hand for the ceremony and posed together holding the Commissioner’s Trophy from the years they were crowned World Series MVP.

One was a nobody that went to win three titles with the Red Sox. One was a superstar who helped usher in the new era of Red Sox baseball. Another was thrown in as part of a trade that brought Josh Beckett to Boston. And last, but not least, was a mid-season acquisition who’d played on every team in the American League East, except his hometown Boston Red Sox.

There’s still one thing we have yet to witness with this franchise: back-to-back titles. This 2019 group has a few things to figure out if they plan to be the first.

And if this team does clean it up, who’s going to be the hero this time around?