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Craig Kimbrel gets emotional following World Series win: 'This definitely made it worth it'

Ryan Hannable
October 29, 2018 - 1:18 am

It's been a long year for Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel.

The 30-year-old needed to leave spring training to be with his wife Ashley and their first child, Lydia Joy, who was born in November with a heart ailment and needed surgery. After about three weeks away, Kimbrel was able to return to the team before the start of the regular season.

Lydia Joy is now doing much better and was even able to be in Los Angeles for the series-clinching Game 5 win.

Kimbrel got emotional on the field after the game.

“It’s been a long year, wow," he said to reporters. "This definitely made it worth it. She’s (my daughter) made it worth it. So much emotion. So happy right now. Couldn’t get much better than this moment right now.”

The closer is now a free agent and most likely will not be back with the team, but he's proud to say he was part of the 2018 Red Sox.

“This is the best Red Sox team there has ever been," he said. "We were just talking about it -- the way we started the season, the way we played the season, the way we went through these playoffs -- there hasn’t been a better Red Sox team. I can’t be more proud to say I was part of it.”

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