Watch David Ortiz, Pedro Martinez Hoist World Series Trophies At Red Sox Parade

The Boston Red Sox had members from all four of their World Series-winning teams of this century present at Wednesday’s parade through the streets of Boston to celebrate the franchise’s win over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2018 Fall Classic.
Red Sox legends David Ortiz and Pedro Martinez were on one of the famous duckboats, and each of them fired up the fans in attendance by proudly hoisting a World Series trophy.
Check it out in the GIF below:


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— Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) October 31, 2018

Ortiz won the World Series with the Red Sox in 2004, 2007 and 2013. He also won World Series MVP in 2013. Martinez played a crucial part in Boston’s 2004 team that ended the 86-year curse.
You can bet Ortiz and Martinez will be a part of every Red Sox parade for as long as they live, given their standing as two of the best players in team history.

Red Sox Parade: ‘Sign Kid’ Is Back With An Update On Boston’s Insane Title Run

Jason McKeon may need a bigger sign soon.
McKeon, better known as “Sign Kid,” has become emblematic of the incredible success Boston’s sports teams have enjoyed in the 21st century. At just 16 years old, he’s already witnessed 11 Boston championships, the latest coming Sunday when the Red Sox defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers to win the 2018 World Series.
“Sign Kid” has made it to nearly every championship parade over the years, and you’d best believe he was in the streets of Boston on Wednesday to celebrate the city’s latest title — with an updated sign, of course.

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— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) October 31, 2018

Many fans go an entire lifetime without seeing their favorite sports teams win it all. This kid can’t even count his teams’ titles on two hands.
Jealous yet?
Click to watch the Red Sox’ World Series parade >>

Fantasy Football Rankings: Top Five Defenses To Start In Week 9 Of Season

The fantasy football playoffs are approaching faster than anyone would like to admit.
So, now’s not the time to start sleeping on your defense.
Skill players obviously are your bread and butter. But a great — or terrible — performance from your defense can mean the difference between winning or losing on a weekly basis.
With that said, let’s look at the five defenses you should start in Week 9:
Chicago Bears (at Buffalo Bills)
Any defense is a must-start against the Bills. So, starting one of the NFL’s most dominant units against the league’s most embarrassing offense — with Nathan Peterman under center — is an absolute no-brainer.

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Dallas Cowboys (vs. Tennessee Titans on Monday)
The Titans have done a good job limiting turnovers, but they still give up a ton of sacks and have given up some huge D/ST performances this season. The Cowboys have been a sneaky-good fantasy defense so far, and we like them at home in a prime-time environment.
Houston Texans (at Denver Broncos)
The Broncos have produced at least one interception in every game this season, and their offensive line is suspect. Furthermore, the Texans’ defense has turned things up a notch after an underwhelming start. This is one of the best D/ST plays this week.
Carolina Panthers (vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
Could Ryan Fitzpatrick come back and put up a million points? Sure, but we also think he’s a good bet to throw a bunch of interceptions. We like the red-hot Panthers at home this week.
Miami Dolphins (vs. New York Jets)
The Dolphins have been up-and-down on defense this season, but we like them at home against Sam Darnold and a turnover-prone Jets offense. We also can’t ignore the trend of opposing offenses succumbing to the southern Florida heat late in games.
Click for our sneaky Week 9 waiver wire pickups at each position >>

Dodgers Congratulate Red Sox On World Series Victory With Full-Page Ad

The Los Angeles Dodgers have taken the high road since losing to the Boston Red Sox in the 2018 World Series.
Not only did the Dodgers congratulate the Red Sox on their stadium’s video board Sunday night shortly after Boston defeated Los Angeles to clinch the title. They also took out a full-page ad in Wednesday’s edition of The Boston Globe to congratulate Major League Baseball’s newest champions.

The Los Angeles Dodgers took out a full page ad in Wednesday’s Globe to congratulate the Red Sox on winning the World Series.

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— The Boston Globe (@BostonGlobe) October 31, 2018

Boston capped its amazing season by beating the Dodgers in five games in the Fall Classic. The Red Sox, who won a franchise-record 108 games during the regular season, also defeated the New York Yankees and Houston Astros en route to their fourth title in the last 15 years.

Why Kyrie Irving Credits Tommy Heinsohn For Breakout Game Vs. Pistons

The Boston Celtics traditionally listen when Tommy Heinsohn speaks.
Kyrie Irving credited this local basketball custom for the star performance he delivered Tuesday in the Celtics’ 108-105 victory over the Detroit Pistons at TD Garden. After breaking the 30-point barrier for the first time this season (31 points on 10-of-16 shooting), Irving told NBC Sports Boston Heinson’s recent criticism about his weight motivated him to work harder on his fitness.
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“Shout out to my man Tommy Heinsohn, though,” Irving said. “Real talk, he got me in shape.”
Heinsohn, who won 10 NBA championships as a Celtics player and coach and during his 62-plus-year association with the franchise, first referred to Irving’s weight Oct. 20 during NBC Sports Boston’s broadcast of Boston’s win over the New York Knicks. He brought up the issue of Irving’s physique again last Saturday.

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Irving detailed Tuesday to NBC Sports Boston’s Chris Forseberg how Heinsohn’s insight affected him.
“I caught wind of it, probably like a week ago,” Irving said. “And it was bothering me because it was the most honest thing that anyone had said about the way I was playing because I literally had to try to match a level that I had playing at last year, but also become better. So how do you do that? I had to really put an emphasis on my body and how I’m taking care of my mind.
“That was one of the realest things that I could have heard. As a competitor, if that doesn’t irk you, itch inside you, of you wanting to be better, especially when a guy — Tommy Heinsohn, you can’t do any wrong in his eyes if you’re a Celtic. You can’t do any wrong. And I appreciate that. And it was the truth.”
And like all great past, present and future Celtics, Irving has no choice but to handle the truth when Heinsohn airs it.

Governor Charlie Baker Makes Fun Of Manny Machado’s World Series-Ending Strikeout

Manny Machado was Enemy No. 1 for Boston Red Sox fans during their 2018 World Series matchup with the Los Angeles Dodgers, so in that sense, it was fitting the All-Star third baseman struck out to end the Fall Classic in Game 5.
Not only that, Machado’s swing on Red Sox ace Chris Sale’s breaking ball was off-balance and rather embarrassing.
The Red Sox celebrated their World Series championship with a duckboat parade in Boston on Wednesday morning, but before the rolling rally began, Massachusetts governor Charlie Baker was among the people who spoke to fans at Fenway Park, and he couldn’t help but poke some fun at Machado’s final swing.

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[email protected] on Manny Machado going down on strikes to end Game 5 of #WorldSeries: 'That was sweet! Sweet!" More: #7News
— 7News Boston WHDH (@7News) October 31, 2018

Baker, a republican, is running for re-election against Democratic candidate Jay Gonzalez. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Alex Cora, Red Sox Relished In Manny Machado Making Final World Series Out

The Boston Red Sox are World Series champions, and their manager isn’t pulling any punches.
A defiant Alex Cora admitted Wednesday what everyone assumed: The Red Sox’s World Series triumph over the Dodgers was made that much sweeter by the guy who made the final out for Los Angeles.
That is, shortstop Manny Machado.
While recounting the final inning of the championship-clinching Game 5 to NESN’s Tom Caron prior to Boston’s World Series victory parade, Cora said he took particular delight in watching Chris Sale strike out Machado swinging.
“And then, the guy we’ve been waiting (for) the whole season,” Cora told Caron, as seen in the video above. “And I turned around to (Red Sox bench coach) Ron Roenicke and I said, ‘We’ve been waiting for this guy the whole season.’ ”

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“Fastball, fastball, fastball, slider. And now we’re the World Champions.”
We’re at the rally & @ac13alex recaps the last at bat of the season!
— Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) October 31, 2018

Why was Machado the subject of Cora’s schadenfreude? In case you forgot, the All-Star shortstop put the whole Red Sox organization on blast last season while with the Baltimore Orioles, after an incident that began with his dirty slide that injured Dustin Pedroia in 2017. He also spiked Steve Pearce at first base in Game 4, so yeah, he’s not viewed too favorably around these parts.
Boston certainly got the last laugh, though — most notably Cora, who also told the haters to “suck on it” in an awesome interview Wednesday.

Red Sox Thank Fans With Heartfelt Message Before World Series Parade

The Boston Red Sox have some of the best fans in the world. And they know it.
The Red Sox rode through the streets of Boston on duck boats Wednesday in celebration of their 2018 World Series victory, giving fans an opportunity to show support for one of the greatest teams in Major League Baseball history.
The appreciation obviously goes both ways, though, and the Red Sox tweeted the following message Wednesday morning from principal owner John Henry and chairman Tom Werner:

Thank you, #RedSoxNation!

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— Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) October 31, 2018

What a ride.
The Red Sox solidified themselves as the best team in baseball during the regular season, racking up a franchise-record 108 wins en route to an American League East division title. They then took down the rival New York Yankees and defending World Series champion Houston Astros — winners of 100 and 103 games, respectively — before defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers in the Fall Classic.

Brock Holt Had Special Message For Red Sox Fans Before World Series Parade

Boston Red Sox fans love Brock Holt, and the utilityman has a message for them: The feeling is mutual.
Holt appeared on stage with NESN’s Tom Caron prior to Wednesday’s Red Sox World Series parade, and he spoke glowingly about not only being a member of the Red Sox organization but also a member of the Boston community.

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“We love it in Boston so much, me and my wife, (our son) Griff … We have a house here, so this is kind of like a second home to us now. We’re so thankful to be a part of this city, to be a part of this organization, to be a part of this team, And we all did this together, so ya’ll should be just as proud.”
Hear from Holt in the video above.