Boston, MA - When the Red Sox acquired Steve Pearce from the Toronto Blue Jays, one might never have expected that Pearce would be worthy of his own profile during the off-season for Boston. When I wrote about the Pearce trade this summer, I remarked that he could prove to be a difference maker due to his power numbers, but even then, I never would have been able to anticipate just how much of an impact he would have on the team.
There is a sort of poetic irony in the fact that, when the trade deadline transpired, many proclaimed the Los Angeles Dodgers to be the winners of the deadline because they acquired the number one hot ticket player, Manny Machado. The Red Sox were hardly on anyone's radar for winning the deadline with their acquisitions of Nathan Eovaldi and Pearce. And yet, the Red Sox won the World Series while playing against the Dodgers and Eovaldi and Pearce were the two most important reasons why, with the latter being named MVP of the World Series. As for Machado? He was the last strikeout in the clinching game of Boston's championship.
But in addition to winning the MVP of the World Series, Pearce became one of Boston's most clutch power hitters over the course of the season and he also proved to be a Yankee killer, as evidenced by his game during the season that saw him smack three home runs against the New York Yankees, one of his former teams.
With Boston as his hometown team, Pearce relished the opportunity and he put up solid numbers in the first base platoon with Mitch Moreland. For Boston, in just fifty games, he hit seven home runs and twenty-six RBIs in 2018 with his best performance coming in the World Series, undoubtedly, as he raked for a double, three home runs, and eight RBIs in the five game series. By the end of the series, fans practically expected Pearce to go yard every time up.
Pearce will be back in Boston in 2019 on a one year deal and with the power numbers he puts up, his veteran presence, and his undying ability to chase every foul ball into the stands and stretch for every low throw from third base, he will be one of the most crucial factors as Boston aims to repeat their championship!