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.
Rafael Devers hit a three-run homer as the Red Sox stunned Justin Verlander and the Astros in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series to win the best-of-seven set 4-1, a perfect 43rd birthday present for rookie manager Alex Cora. After dropping the opener at home, Boston took four straight -- including three in a row at Minute Maid Park -- to improve to 5-0 on the road in the 2018 playoffs.
Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr. and the Red Sox will try to bring Boston its fourth World Series crown in 15 years when they open the World Series on Tuesday night at home in Fenway Park against the Los Angeles Dodgers or Milwaukee Brewers. The Red Sox were last in the World Series when they won it all in 2013.Los Angeles has a 3-2 lead in the NLCS going into Game 6 on Friday night at Miller Park.
For the first time since 2013, the Boston Red Sox are one win away from a spot in the World Series after their Game 4 win against the Houston Astros in the ALCS.
But Wednesday's 8-6 win, which put the Red Sox ahead 3-1 in the series, didn't come without controversy.
A ball launched from the Astros' Jose Altuve to right field looked like it was about to put the Red Sox in a tough spot, but Altuve was called out on a contentious fan interference ruling involving Boston outfielder Mookie Betts, changing the entire game.
The call sparked debate on Twitter among fans, sports journalists and celebrities, including Hall of Famer Chipper Jones and supermodel Kate Upton, who is married to Astros pitcher Justin Verlander.
The Astros fan said to have interfered with the play, Troy Caldwell, told the Houston Chronicle that he "didn't do anything wrong."
DJ Khaled sure knows how to throw a party for his son.
The Miami music producer and his wife, Nicole Tuck, rented Marlins Park on Saturday for his son Asahd’s second birthday, and turned the 36,000-seat baseball stadium into a carnival. Instead of bases and a pitching mound, the stadium floor included a chair swing ride, a Ferris wheel, games and even a petting zoo, the Sun-Sentinel reported.
“Although his actual bday is OCT 23rd we started early,’’Khaled wrote on Twitter, including videos of the event at Marlins Park. “ASAHD had the whole stadium!!”
About 150 inner city kids and members of local Boys and Girls Clubs and Connecting Families joined the family at the party, EOnline reported.
The party also served as the official launch for Asahd’s charity program, called Asahd’s Initiative -- which is part of Khaled’s We The Best Foundation.
Guests included Marlins owner Derek Jeter and Yo Gotti. Jeter presented a $100,000 check from the Marlins to Khaled’s We The Best Foundation.
It was a festive day for the Asahd and his family, and perked up the normally staid Marlins ballpark. The Marlins had the lowest average attendance in the major leagues in 2018, drawing 811,104 fans for an average of 10,013 per game, ESPN reported.
A Houston Astros fan was so sure that slugger George Springer would hit a homer during Friday’s American League Division Series, he promised to buy beers for fellow spectators sitting in his section. And when Springer connected to lead off the bottom of the fifth inning, Eddie Flores made good on his promise, buying “about $500” worth of beer, the Houston Chronicle reported.
Springer homered on a full count to give the Astros a 3-0 lead against the Cleveland Indians and Flores paid off, treating fans in Section 104 at Minute Maid Park to some brews.
"I just love my team, man," Flores, 42, told the Chronicle. "I knew Springer was going to hit one, and I wanted everyone to know it. I called it."
Everyone did not order a beer in Rows 2 through 9, but Flores offered the free suds for anyone who wanted the drink.
He was not going to back down from his promise.
"No way, I loved it," Flores said. "I was celebrating. It went out, we all went crazy and I went looking for the beer man."
When Jose Altuve followed Springer’s homer with a blast of his own, Flores opened his wallet again.
"We bought beer for seven rows straight," Flores told KTRK. "Then, it was back-to-back, so I bought another seven rows worth of beer."
Houston attorney Charles Adams received one of those free beers.
"I mean, I was more excited about the home run, but the beer added a little," Adams told KTRK. "I mean, our section went bananas."
The Astros won 7-2 on Friday. Flores said he'll be back for Game 2 on Saturday afternoon, presumably with his wallet refilled with cash.
Fans are encouraged to cheer at baseball games.
But one Houston Astros fan believed that a young girl sitting behind her was being a little too loud and sternly told her so.
That grumpiness has gone viral, particularly after the crestfallen look of 8-year-old Chloe Beaver went viral after the exchange was caught on video, KTRK reported.
Chloe has Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder, her mother, Monica Beaver, told the Star-Telegram of Fort Worth. The condition means that Chloe is unable to comprehend emotions greater than that of a toddler, KRIV reported.
As an outlet, Chloe enjoys going to Astros games and has attended six games this year -- three of them last week, KRIV reported.
“We don’t get to yell and holler at home,” Monica Beaver told KTRK. “It’s one of the things she likes. It’s a way to express her emotions.”Monica Beaver was filming her daughter cheering just before the start of the fifth inning and did not realize the fan had scolded Chloe until moments later.
"(She made me feel) a little bit guilty 'cause I'm annoying and nobody says that to me," Chloe told KTRK.
"I should have seen that immediately and I didn't and it's just heartbreaking," Monica Beaver said.
In the video, Chloe can be seen nodding “yes” to the woman who scolded her, the Star-Telegram reported. When her father asks, “What did she say to you?” Chloe says “I don’t want to,” according to the video.
“If you have an issue with somebody's children, talk to the parent. Not the child,” Monica Beaver told KRIV.
"I mean, you don't know what anybody's going through. I mean, we were telling them throughout some of the innings if they were getting loud and between innings and before the game, 'Hey, let's wait till they start going out on the field," Joe Beaver, Chloe's father, told the television station. "But you're at a stadium. You're supposed to be loud. You're supposed to cheer your team on. I've never watched a game on TV where it's not loud and you don't hear everything in the audience. You get loud and if you don't want to be at a loud area, don't go to the game.” At least one Astros player -- pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. -- has come to Chloe’s defense and has encouraged her to keep cheering.
“Chloe, don’t you EVER stop cheering!” McCullers tweeted. “ I would love for you to cheer us on, as LOUD as you can, during ALDS Game 1 in MMP (Minute Maid Park)! I would be honored to leave you a ticket!”
Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto has made a name for himself over the years not only with his bat but with his unique way of interacting with fans.
On Monday in Pittsburgh, during the fourth inning of a game the Reds lost 5-1 to the Pirates, Votto saw a fan in the stands near the Reds dugout with a shirt reading, “Votto for President.”
According to the Reds, Votto liked it so much, he traded the fan a jersey for the T-shirt and signed the jersey, “More like prime minister.” Votto is from Toronto.
Pitcher Justin Verlander and his wife, model Kate Upton, hosted their fourth annual Grand Slam Adoption event before Sunday’s baseball game between the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Angels at Minute Maid Park, KHOU reported.
The couple, who are expecting their first child, promote awareness for local animal adoption agencies, the television station reported.
The couple posed with several puppies up for adoption through the Houston SPCA, The Houston Chronicle reported.
“We both had dogs. It was kind of a non-starter if we didn’t love dogs in our relationship,” Verlander said at a news conference.
“Well we both grew up with dogs. Getting involved with dog rescue was important for both of us,” Upton said. “So combining adoptable dogs and matching them with veterans with suffer from PTSD was a real passion for both of us.”
The money raised this weekend from a silent auction and Sunday’s event will be used toward training service animals for veterans, KHOU reported.
A 7-year-old boy whose jaw was fractured when hit by a line drive before his first-ever Houston Astros game will have better memories of his second contest.
Graham McAnelly was hit when Astros’ third baseman Alex Bregman hit a line drive during batting practice three weeks ago, KHOU reported.
Saturday night, McAnelly returned to Minute Maid Park and met Bregman, who signed a ball for the boy and gave him a pair of batting gloves, the television station reported.
“I smashed you? I'm sorry dude," Bregman said when he met Graham.
Bregman was apologetic as he talked to McAnelly, who said the Astros star was his favorite player.
“That was my bad, and I had to get him some BG, some batting gloves, so I'm sorry,” Bregman told KHOU. “And it won’t happen again, gotta keep (the ball) fair.”
McAnelly was sitting in the left field stands when he was hit. He stayed at the game with his family, holding an ice pack to keep the swelling down, KHOU reported.
The second time around at Minute Maid Park, the boy held some special gifts.
“I got his glove and his autograph," McAnelly told the television station. “He said I was like a trooper, and he said I was very nice.”
Bregman kept his word on straightening out his line drives, hitting his 26th homer of the season Saturday night as the Astros rallied past the Los Angeles Angels, 7-3.
Sister Mary Jo Sobiek made quite the impression on baseball fans at a White Sox game in Chicago over the weekend.
WLS reported that, at the Sox game against the Kansas City Royals, the nun, who is with Marian Catholic High School, bounced the ball off her bicep before prepping to throw the honorary first pitch.
She delivered strike to White Sox pitcher Lucas Giolito, who was impressed.
“That was awesome,” Giolito told WLS after the game. “She had a whole routine. She had it planned out. I was just lucky to be back there. She threw a perfect pitch.”
As for her bicep move, Sister Mary Jo said it was to relax her nerves.
“I had to do something to take my mind off it,” she told WLS. “It’s too awkward to just stand and throw from the jump and I had to just do something to put me in motion.”
She also decided to pitch from the top of the mound rather than closer to the plate.
“As an athlete, you gotta be all in, and I knew that my coaches and my teammates, when they saw that, they would be like, ‘You gotta do the real thing,’ and it's all or nothing,” she said. “I had to do it from the top.”
Sister Mary Jo said she was chosen for the honor at the game, where Marian Catholic was celebrating its 60th anniversary, because of her athleticism.
“I had a little bit of athletic ability,” she said. “I was probably the most likely candidate, because of my youth and my agility.”
The Sox lost to the Royals 3-1, but the impression Sister Mary Jo left on the crowd beforehand remained.
“She was pretty good, actually,” White Sox manager Rick Renteria said. “We talked to her a little bit but before we were talking to her, she was talking to someone and she wanted to warm up. She had a mitt and a ball. She gave him the mitt. She stepped back at about 45 feet and threw a bullet.”
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