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Brian Johnson spent his World Series money perfectly

Rob Bradford
November 27, 2018 - 9:24 am

The Red Sox gave out 66 full World Series shares. That's more than $416,000 apiece. (To read more about the distribution, click here.)

For a guy like Brian Johnson, that's a big deal. It's almost the total the Red Sox pitcher received for spending the entire 2018 season on the major league roster.

What Johnson did with the money was an even bigger deal.

Appearing on the Bradfo Sho podcast Johnson explained that the money went to just two places.

"I'm paying off the house I share with my Dad, and I bought a Jet Ski," he said. "That's it."

Johnson went on to offer some unique insight into the run that allowed for the World Series money, including a description of the meeting held by Red Sox manager Alex Cora following the Red Sox' 18-inning, Game 3 loss in the World Series.

"Ultimately after he spoke after he spoke you wouldn't have known we lost an 18-inning game," Johnson said. "We hadn't a meeting all year and you assume when a boss wants to have a meeting you assume it's going to be bad. I remember throwing my jersey in the laundry bin and everyone was like, 'There's a team meeting.' Everyone was like, 'Oh God, what's about to happen?' It was all nothing but positive. He took every positive out of that game and reinforced it.

"Think about it, if we don't have that meeting and Rich Hill does what he does in that game everyone is looking left and right. What's going on? What's going on? There was no looking left in right that game."

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