HOUSTON — Maybe the Boston Red Sox really are who they thought they were.
The team that won a franchise-record 108 games during the regular season, swatted away the 100-win New York Yankees in the first round, and bashed the 103-win Houston Astros in the American League Championship Series, is going to the World Series.
The Red Sox are out to prove that not only are they the finest team in all of baseball this season, but perhaps one of the greatest of all-time, certainly in franchise history.
The defending World Series champions barely knew what hit them, watching the Red Sox celebrate their fourth American League pennant in 15 years Thursday, at Minute Maid Park. The Red Sox won 4-1, eliminating the Astros four games to one in the best-of-seven series.
“Like I’ve been telling them, they’re very talented,’’ Red Sox manager Alex Cora said. “Very talented. I’ve been telling them the whole season. And they’ve been preparing. They believe that they’re talented and they’re enjoying the moment, which is very important.
“We play in a city that sometimes winning is a relief, and we’re not doing that. We really are enjoying the ride, the journey.
“That’s been the most impressive thing about this group, they’ve been very consistent since day one in spring training all the way to October 18th.’’