The Red Sox defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 6-1 in Game 6 Wednesday night, clinching their first World Series victory since 2007 and their third title in a decade. Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe joined T&R Thursday morning and offered his analysis of the improbable champions.
“I think their goal [last offseason] was just to be a more likeable team. A competitive team that would do whatever it could to erase what had happened last year. I don’t think a World Championship was something they had in mind,” said Abraham.
This started a conversation about chemistry versus talent, and if other teams around Major League Baseball will follow the Red Sox model of signing competitive players with good character over high-priced free agents.
“This does not mean that teams are going to go looking for the next Jonny Gomes. What this team put together was very unique. It wouldn’t be an easy thing to recreate.” Abraham added, “A lot of things went right for them. Koji Uehara was the fourth guy who was their closer, and he turned out to be a great closer. So there’s certain things you can’t predict.”
Even though the Red Sox won it all just last night, with a victory parade rumored to be scheduled for this Saturday, Jon Wallach wanted to get Pete Abraham’s thoughts on the Red Sox offseason, and if they can be cold and calculated this winter by maybe parting ways with some fan favorites.
Abraham discussed the cases of Jacoby Ellsbury, Mike Napoli, Stephen Drew and Jarrod Saltalamacchia – and what the backup options are if they choose to go their own way.
Listen to the full interview below: