LONDON - While the London-based series between the Yankees and the Red Sox may not have had the outcome Boston fans were hoping for - Boston was swept - it was certainly a fun trip across the pond, regardless.
For one thing, the team seemed to have a lot of fun with the entire concept of being in London and embracing British culture. Perhaps it was Michael Chavis who enjoyed himself the most, trying on as many fake British accents as he did bowler hats. He also took to Twitter to remark about his current presence in the European city (keep in mind, he's a unique kind of guy).
The team also took the time to meet Prince Harry Windsor and Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle ahead of the first game in the series. For one Red Sox player, it was a family reunion! Last year, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reported that Markle was a distant relative of Mookie Betts, which made it all the more heartwarming when the two hugged in the London Stadium clubhouse.
In spite of - or maybe because of - all the excitement surrounding these games, the Sox didn't bring that same joy to the games they were in London to play. The Yankees jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first game, but the Red Sox did manage to pull even and make it 6-6. The Yankees came roaring back and took a 17-6 lead, but Boston refused to die. While they did eventually make it a 17-13 game, it wasn't enough. The game was three minutes shy of being the longest nine-inning game in modern baseball history. Chavis hit two three-run home runs in the game.
The Red Sox began the second game with a 4-0 lead, but the Yankees went on another massive tear to make the score 12-4 in favor of New York. Boston once again tried to mount a comeback, but they fell short. Rafael Devers left the bases loaded in the eighth, and that left the Sox losing by a score of 12-8.
The pitching was definitely abysmal on both sides in the series, but that could be for many reasons - time differences, difference in air quality - though it was also obviously more of a concern for Boston. Whether or not this remains an issue back on American soil remains to be seen.