A Massachusetts resident and longtime Boston Red Sox nanny will join the team on the duck boats as they celebrate their World Series victory Wednesday.
Ruth Copponi, a former hospital nurse from Norwood, has been taking care of Sox players' children for 23 years and has become a special part of the families' lives. She and other caretakers watch the children during the games in the Family Room at Fenway Park.
"We start one half-hour before the game, and we remain there a half-hour after while the parents pick up the children," Copponi said. "I've enjoyed working there and all these championships that I've seen."
Copponi has received many special gifts from the Red Sox, including a baseball bat with her name inscribed to honor her for 20 years of service.
But the best part of her job is the children. Copponi has developed life-long friendships with many Red Sox families, including former Sox slugger David Ortiz, his wife and children, who send her Christmas cards.
"Alex Ortiz and her brother were wonderful, wonderful, and David and Tiffany are wonderful parents," Copponi said.
Also rewarding is seeing Red Sox stars – famous athletes and role models - in their most important roles, as parents – regular people with not-so-regular jobs.
"All the baseball players are outstanding fathers," Copponi said. "They are so good to their children. They are so concerned. They come in after the games and pick them up and hug them. They are wonderful, wonderful parents."
Copponi, who was named Ruth after Babe Ruth, has baseball in her blood. She was born into a family that loved playing and watching baseball, and she raised her own family to love the sport, too.
When she celebrates with the Red Sox in the parade Wednesday, her grandson will join her. It will be her fourth time riding on the duck boats.
"Red Sox won the first World Series [since Copponi's employment with the team] in 2004, and that was unbelievable," she said. "Now they have won four, and this was probably the most wonderful year, because the players were outstanding."
The Boston Red Sox played the game well for all of the 2018 season, so it's fitting that "The Game" Triple H would be ready to show some appreciation for the World Series champions.
The WWE superstar, who has also been the company's executive vice president of talent, live events and creative since 2013, posted a custom WWE championship belt on Twitter, congratulating the Red Sox on their win.
"The duck boats are ready for the parade, but you'll need one more thing to celebrate like a champion," Triple H said in his tweet, showcasing the belt with its custom Red Sox sideplates.
Triple H, whose real name is Paul Levesque, has New England ties of his own. He was born in Nashua, New Hampshire, and is a Connecticut native, living near WWE's headquarters in Stamford.
"From the WWE Universe to Red Sox Nation, wear this @WWE Championship with pride! #DAMAGEDONE," he said.
The ongoing rivalry between Matt Damon and Jimmy Kimmel reached a new high for Game 5 of the World Series with a unique twist.
Damon, rocking a Red Sox hat, wore a red "I'm With Stupid" shirt, with an arrow pointing at his "good friend" to his left: Kimmel.
Meanwhile, Kimmel had a rebuttal of his own, donning a Dodgers-themed blue "I'm With Stupid" shirt, pointing right back at Damon for when they sat together for Sunday night's game.
Caught just outside of the fray? Damon and Kimmel's friend Ben Affleck, showing support for his Red Sox and finding himself in the center of the notorious Damon-Kimmel rivalry once more.
The Boston Red Sox nailed down their ninth World Series title Sunday night by defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 5 of the 2018 World Series. It is Boston’s fourth World Series title since the Red Sox broke the “Curse of the Bambino” in 2004. It is also 100 years since they won the World Series when the Bambino -- Babe Ruth -- was their pitching ace.
Here are some takeaways from Boston’s fourth Series championship in 15 seasons.
The Red Sox won a World Series title on the road for the fourth time in franchise history. In addition to winning Sunday night at Dodger Stadium, the Red Sox won title-clinching games at Philadelphia’s Baker Bowl in 1915, St. Louis’ Busch Stadium in 2004 and at Denver’s Coors Field in 2007.
The Red Sox were 7-1 during the postseason in games away from Fenway Park. Their lone loss was an 18-inning marathon defeat to the Dodgers in Game 3 in a game that took 7 hours, 20 minutes to play.
Winning manager Alex Cora becomes the first man born in Puerto Rico to manage a team to a World Series title. Other managers born outside the continental United States to win baseball’s biggest price are Bruce Bochy, who was born in France and managed the San Francisco Giants to titles in 2010, 2012 and 2014; and Ozzie Guillen, a native of Venezuela who piloted the Chicago White Sox to the 2005 championship.
Cora also becomes the fifth manager to win a World Series in his rookie season, joining Bucky Harris of the Washington Senators (1924), Eddie Dyer of the St. Louis Cardinals (1946), Ralph Houk of the New York Yankees (1961) and Bob Brenly of the Arizona Diamondbacks (2001). Honorable mention goes to Dallas Green of the Philadelphia Phillies (1980) and Tom Kelly of the Minnesota Twins (1987), who won Series titles in their first full seasons as managers. Both had managed portions of the previous seasons.
By losing, the Dodgers became the first team to lose back-to-back World Series since 1977-78. They were hoping to become the eighth team to rebound from a 3-1 series deficit to win the World Series and the first since the 2016 Chicago Cubs.
Red Sox starting pitcher David Price improved to 8-2 in his career with Jeff Nelson as the home plate umpire.
Price also became the second left-handed pitcher in Red Sox history to be credited with the victory in the title-clinching game. The other southpaw was John Lester, who nailed down Boston’s four-game sweep against Colorado in 2007.
Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez had gone hitless during the first two World Series games in Los Angeles, but they each hit a home run in Game 5.
Meanwhile, Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw fell to 1-4 in elimination games. Los Angeles has not won a World Series since 1988.
The Boston Red Sox won their ninth World Series title and fourth in 15 seasons Sunday night, defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 in Game 5.
The Red Sox, behind a stellar pitching performance by starter David Price and two home runs by Series MVP Steve Pearce, wrapped up the series in five games.
Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez also homered for Boston, which had the best regular-season record in baseball with 108 victories.
Chris Sale struck out the side in the ninth inning for Boston, making rookie manager Alex Cora the first manager from Puerto Rico to lead a team to a World Series championship.
Pearce staked Price to a 2-0 lead with a two-run home run in the first inning and hit a solo shot in the eighth inning. Mookie Betts hit a solo homer in the sixth inning and J.D. Martinez hit a solo shot in the seventh inning.
Price allowed three hits and allowed just one run, a home run by David Freese in the first inning.
A simple social media post ended up costing one Boston Red Sox baseball fan a big amount of money.
Robbie Johnson, a 28-year-old after-school instructor from Wellesley. Massachusetts, got tickets for Game 2 of the World Series and, as most people are inclined to do, posted a picture on Instagram.
When he arrived at Fenway Park on Wednesday with his sister, the $650 ticket his family bought for him did not work.
"I went to ticket services and that's where I was informed [the] ticket had been scanned at 5:09 p.m, a couple of hours before we got there," Johnson said.
Someone stole his seat. But how?
What a lot of people don't realize is that all the information a scam artist needs to make a duplicate of a concert or sporting event ticket is printed on it.
The picture of the ticket Johnson posted on Instagram included the bar code and his unique ticket number. With that information, someone turned Johnson's ticket into a free entry to a World Series game.
According to April Martin, community outreach manager for Ace Tickets, the ticket company recently began warning customers about this type of theft.
"You can post your ticket, you just need to make sure you cover it -- the bar code especially and even your seating location," Martin said.
Johnson ended up getting into the game after all, but not without dropping $450 for a second ticket.
He said the person who went in with his original seat number never sat in the seat.
"There are people who will do these things, which is unfortunate," Martin added. "We were very excited about it, never been to a World Series [and it has] always been a lifelong dream of both of ours."
Since the scam, Johnson has made his Instagram feed private.
The numbers are mind-boggling,
Game 3 of the 2018 World Series, an 18-inning marathon won 3-2 by the Los Angeles Dodgers early Saturday, took longer to play -- 7 hours, 20 minutes -- than all four games of the 1939 World Series.
According to Stats LLC, the New York Yankees took 7 hours, 5 minutes to sweep the Cincinnati Reds in the 1939 Fall Classic.
Game 3 at Dodger Stadium between the Dodgers and Boston Red Sox offered some interesting numbers that are appropriate for the longest game in World Series history.
Eighteen pitchers were used in the game -- nine for each team -- and they combined to throw 561 pitches.
PItch No. 561 was launched by Max Muncy into the left-field seats for the game-winning home run in the bottom of the 18th inning. It came off Red Sox reliever Nathan Eovaldi, who was entering his seventh inning of work. Eovaldi, who worked out of several jams, threw 97 pitches in relief -- 62 for strikes.
There were more combined strikeouts (34) than there were hits (18).
Muncy’s dramatic shot was the first walk-off homer for the Dodgers in the World Series since Kirk Gibson’s dramatic ninth-inning blast off Dennis Eckersley in the ninth inning of Game 1 of the 1988 Fall Classic, which was also played at Dodger Stadium.
Jackie Bradley Jr.’s game-tying homer in the eighth inning marked the fourth time in Red Sox history that a Boston player hit a game-tying shot that late in a World Series game. It was the first time since Bernie Carbo tied the epic Game 6 of the 1975 World Series with a three-run shot.
How long was this game? There were two breaks for “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.” One was played during its traditional spot in the middle of the seventh inning, while it was sung for the second time in the middle of the 14th.
Muncy made sure the song wouldn’t be sung a third time at Dodger Stadium when he connected at 3:20 a.m. EDT.
Max Muncy's leadoff home run in the 18th inning ended the longest game in World Series history Saturday morning, lifting the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 3-2 victory against the Boston Red Sox in Game 3.
The home run gave the Dodgers a must-win in the best-of-seven series and cuts the Red Sox series’ lead to 2-1.
Muncy’s homer to left-center field on a 3-2 pitch negated a heroic relief effort by Boston’s Nathan Eovaldi, who threw more than 100 pitches in six innings.
Game 4 is Saturday night at Dodger Stadium.
The game, which stretched past seven hours, also was the longest World Series game in terms of time, breaking the 5-hour, 41-minute marathon between the Chicago White Sox and Houston Astros in Game 3 of the 2005 World Series, which went 14 innings.
It was the longest postseason game between the two teams since Boston won 2-1 in 14 innings during the 1916 World Series. The winning pitcher that day was Babe Ruth, who pitched a complete game.
Muncy nearly ended the game in the 15th inning when his drive down the right-field line was barely foul. He scored on a two-out throwing error in the bottom of the 13th to tie the game at 2-2. Muncy led off with a walk and went to second when Eduardo Nunez tumbled into the third-base stands to catch Cody Bellinger’s pop foul.
With two outs, Yasiel Puig grounded to Ian Kinsler, who threw wildly to first to allow Muncy to score the tying run. Puig’s grounder was ruled a hit and an error.
Boston had gone ahead in the top half of the 13th to take a 2-1 lead.
Brock Holt led off the inning with a walk off Scott Alexander and then stole second. Eduardo Nunez then chopped a ground ball between first base and the pitching mound, but Alexander’s bad throw got past Muncy, allowing the go-ahead run to score.
Los Angeles’ Joc Pederson hit a two-out, solo home run off Boston starter Rick Porcello in the bottom of the third inning to give the Dodgers a 1-0 lead. The Red Sox tied the game in the top of the eighth when Jackie Bradley Jr. homered off Dodgers reliever Kenley Jansen.
The Red Sox put runners at first and third with one out in the 10th, but Cody Bellinger threw out Ian Kinsler at the plate after catching Nunez’s fly ball in center field drive to complete an inning-ending double play.
The Red Sox led the majors with 108 wins this season and eliminated the defending champion Houston Astros with a 4-1 victory in Game 5 of the ALCS. The Red Sox are 5-0 on the road this postseason as they seek their fourth crown in 15 years.
The Dodgers took Game 7 of the NL Championship Series against the Milwaukee Brewers with a 5-1 win on Saturday night, landing their 23rd pennant.
The World Series will open at Fenway Park for Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday, and all games will be televised nationally on Fox. ESPN Radio will carry the games on radio.
Here is the schedule for the best-of-seven World Series:
Game 1 - Tuesday, Oct. 23, 8:09 p.m.
Game 2 - Wednesday, Oct. 25, 8:09 p.m.
Game 3 - Friday, Oct. 26, 8:09 p.m.
Game 4 - Saturday, Oct. 27, 8:09 p.m.
x-Game 5 - Sunday, Oct. 28, 8:15 p.m.
x-Game 6 - Tuesday, Oct. 30, 8:09 p.m.
x-Game 7 - Wednesday, Oct. 31, 8:09 p.m.
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