2 years and 1 day ago, on Halloween of 2013, the Red Sox won their eight World Series title. On Halloween 2015, the Kansas City Royals moved within one win of their second championship, coming from behind to win 5-3. Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo is pulling for the Royals to finish the job Sunday night.
“That piqued my curiosity, because they kind of remind me of what we’re doing right now,” said Lovullo. “I’m probably pulling for the Royals. They’re an American League team. They’re a team that reminds me a lot of the way we play the game, and that’s exciting.”
Well, it’s pretty convenient that the team on the brink of winning it all reminds Lovullo of the Sox. You can see where he’s coming from, however. Like the Sox, the Royals have an impressive core group of young players (Eric Hosmer, Yordano Ventura, Mike Moustakas, and Salvador Perez are all between 24 and 27-years-old). It’s not too much of a stretch to envision Mookie Betts, Xander Bogaerts, Jackie Bradley Jr., Blake Swihart, and Eduardo Rodriguez, all of whom are between 22 and 25-years-old, dominating in October in the near future. If the Royals can seal the deal, the Sox will be feeling pretty good about their blueprint.
“You have a team that’s returning to the World Series, which you don’t see that often today,” Lovullo said. “There’s a lot of curiosity from my standpoint to see if the Kansas City Royals can finally close that small gap and win the World Series. It’s a talented group of players that’s very young, that’s played together, that came up through their system together for quite a long time now.”
It will take some patience, but don’t be shocked if Boston’s young guns eventually follow the Royals’ example and return the Sox to postseason glory.