As we know, the 2017 Red Sox season was filled with highs and lows. Fans had anticipations of beating the Yankees by 20 games in the division standings at times, while other times thought they would fall short of their storied rivals.
Thankfully, the Red Sox won their second consecutive AL East title.
As the year 2017 draws to a close, let’s highlight the top five moments from this past Red Sox season.
5. Rafael Devers Clobbers First Major League Homerun
Third base was a perennial revolving door thanks to Pablo Sandoval, and other potential fillers.
Upon his arrival, Devers was nothing short of amazing. He captivated the Red Sox season and provided a much needed spark to a power-barren lineup.
— Boston Sports Report (@BostonSportsBSR) July 26, 2017
The young superstar wasted no time in making an immediate impression in Boston by driving a ball over the center field wall at SafeCo field in his 7th career plate appearance.
4. Jackie Bradley Jr. Saves David Price
What can be said of this catch? If Austin Jackson didn’t somersault into the Red Sox bullpen, this would have been the catch of the year.
The Red Sox were locked in a pitcher’s duel with the Yankees and Jackie Bradley Jr. erased a potential homerun from Aaron Judge to help preserve a Sox win.
— MLB (@MLB) July 17, 2017
This kind of defense makes you question why JBJ has yet to win a Gold Glove…
3. Chris Sale Strikes Out Number 300
— MLB (@MLB) September 21, 2017
Chris Sale dominated through the large majority of the Red Sox season. If it weren’t for a slow end to the season, he may have a Cy Young Award to his name.
Regardless, the Sox ace achieved over 300 strikeouts, becoming only the second Red Sox pitcher to complete this milestone in the history of the organization.
Any time you can be tied to Pedro Martinez‘ numbers, you’re doing something right.
Chris Sale was excellent this season and this accomplishment was good enough to end up as my number three moment.
2. Christian Vazquez Walks Off on Cody Allen & the Indians
If you remember, this game was incredible for a number of reasons.
The matchup was supposed to be a pitcher’s duel between Carlos Carrasco and Chris Sale, yet both pitchers gave up their share of runs. In addition, Andrew Miller coughed up a lead.
The Red Sox had an improbable come back in the 9th inning, including a strikeout by Mitch Moreland, in which he reached on due to a passed ball.
Christian Vazquez then delivered:
CHRISTIAN. VAZQUEZ. WALK. OFF!!!! pic.twitter.com/TBSzxhztOJ
— Red Sox (@RedSox) August 2, 2017
The victory propelled the Red Sox over the Yankees in the AL East standings and proved to be a turning point in the season.
1. Rafael Devers Homers Off Aroldis Chapman on Sunday Night Baseball
This was another classic Red Sox / Yankees battle. The Yankees had regained a late lead in this game and surely had the game locked up behind their dominant closer.
Devers, again, proved to be a staple of the Red Sox season and silenced the Bronx with one swing.
— LasMayores (@LasMayores) December 22, 2017
The homerun was unbelievable and Red Sox fans everywhere, including myself, jump off the couch in celebration.
This was another series that helped determine the AL East winner and Rafael Devers put the Sox on his back.
Brian Johnson Shutout / #SaleDay / David Ortiz Retirement Ceremony / Rafael Devers inside-the-park HR in the ALDS
Each honorable mention was special too, but not enough to break the top five. Brian Johnson tossed the only shutout of the season, while Sale Day enabled every Sox fan to tune in and watch Sale deliver consistent brilliance.
Who could forget Big Papi’s ceremony? Chills.
Finally, Devers inside-the-park homerun easily could have been number one if the Red Sox found a way to win the series against the World Champion, Houston Astros.
Last season was full of great moments and 2018 figures to bring another exciting year of Red Sox baseball.