Steve Pearce is a career .257/.336/.447 hitter over 12 major league seasons. He’s 35 years old, and has spent time with seven different ballclubs during his career. But now, he and the Boston Red Sox are 2018 World Series champions. And more than that, the 12-year journeyman is a World Series MVP.
— MLB (@MLB) October 29, 2018
Oh it’s real, it’s damn real.
Here’s the funny thing about Pearce. He lit it up during his limited time with the Red Sox. Despite having just 165 plate appearances to his name with Boston in 2018, he made the most of them. He hit .279/.394/.507 with eight doubles and seven dingers. Then came the postseason. And in the eight games he appeared in leading up to the World Series, Pearce hit .269/.387/.423 with one double, one home run and five walks.
But the World Series started a little differently. In Games 1-3, the 35-year-old went 0-for-4 with three walks. That’s right, he didn’t collect a single hit. Maybe it was all building towards something. That, or the regression monster came for him at the worst possible time. But Pearce wasn’t having that.
Instead, he went out in Game 4 and accounted for four of Boston’s nine runs — including his game-sealing, bases loaded three-run double. In Game 5, he got things going early with a two-run shot in the first. And he effectively ended the game with a solo shot in the eighth, giving Boston a 5-1 lead. Though as it turns out, two would’ve been plenty.
“Baseball’s a funny game,” Pearce told reporters after the win. “The longer you stay in the game, great things can happen. … You never know where the game will take you. And I’ve gone through a lot in my life or in my career to be here, and I couldn’t be more thankful.”
Neither could Red Sox fans, we’re sure. And Pearce is right; baseball is a funny game.
And none of us could’ve predicted this.