The experience will undoubtedly leave a bad taste in the mouths of Red Sox fans, but don't blame any of this on the field. But, there were some interesting tidbits picked up along the way.
The royal couple were among a 59,659 sell-out crowd who watched the Yankees and Red Sox produce a remarkable score more suited to an NFL game at the home of Premier League club West Ham.
Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers was among the notable snubs for next week's midsummer classic, but his.448 average and 1.311 OPS against the Jays this season are all-star calibre ... His hot bat continued in the London series. The offense is fine, as they were able to put up 21 runs in England, as the team found a way to NOT pick up a win. The Red Sox lost for the sixth time in seven games so far this season between the arch rivals. But, everyone has an off game.
Although the league has previously staged matches in Japan, Australia, Mexico and Puerto Rico, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred hopes the ´London Series´ will grow the sport´s profile and open up a lucrative revenue stream already exploited by American Football´s NFL and Basketball´s NBA. This is still baffling to me personally.
Game 2 of the series would have Eduardo Rodriguez on the mound while NY would have a bullpen day. The aforementioned Jaguars are great in London, Blake Bortles plays like an MVP "over the pond". That year isn't going to happen again, but what can happen again is this team rallying together and start playing more to their potential. He continues to prove that the contract extension in the off-season was well worth it.
Year after Yaz led year, the Red Sox would march their loaded roaster in KC and get turned away winless after 3 days of slap bunts, steals and weird carpet skips from the likes of Amos Otis, Willie Wilson and Clint Hurdle. Hopefully, this is a sign that J.D. Martinez will have a monster second half of the 2019 season. The pair of losses to the New York Yankees were an ugly way to end June.
Major League Baseball has signed off on a two-game series between the St Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs back in London next July and Manfred would like to make it a longer-term arrangement.
Batters totaled 65 hits, 15 doubles and 10 homers over 18 innings that took 9 hours, 6 minutes to play out at the London Stadium. On Tuesday, it was a solid pitching performance from David Price and a go-ahead home run by Xander Bogaerts that provided the 6-3 Red Sox win in the rain. Everyone knows the Red Sox rotation on paper is a very strong one.
Many members of the Red Sox leadership made the fancy fund-raiser, including principal owner John Henry and his wife, Boston Globe managing director Linda Pizzuti Henry; team chairman Tom Werner; manager Alex Cora; president and CEO Sam Kennedy; president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski; Red Sox Foundation executive director Rebekah Salwasser; and foundation honorary chairman Tim Wakefield.