Several mementos from the 2018 World Series are set to be preserved in Cooperstown, according to Jon Shestakofsky of the Baseball Hall of Fame.
(No, pitcher Chris Sale’s belly-button ring didn’t make the cut.)
The list includes the following items:
- Manager Alex Cora’s hoodie
- First baseman and World Series MVP Steve Pearce’s Game 4 bat: Pearce drove in four of Boston’s nine runs to help overcome a late four-run deficit. He blasted a solo home run in the eighth inning and then hit a three-run double to open up the scoring in the top of the ninth.
- Pitcher David Price’s Game 5 jersey: In the clincher, Price turned in a seven-inning, three-hit outing. He struck out five, bringing his postseason total to 23.
- Pitcher Nathan Eovaldi’s cap and spikes: Eovaldi didn’t officially start a game in the World Series, but he effectively pitched the length of a start in Game 3 when he threw 97 pitches in six innings of extras.
- Third baseman Eduardo Nunez’s bat: With the Red Sox holding onto a one-run lead in the bottom of the seventh in Game 1, Nunez — pinch-hitting for Rafael Devers — gave Boston more of a cushion with his three-run homer into the Green Monster. The blast was Nunez’s only at-bat of the game.
- Utility man Brock Holt’s helmet: With a tie score in the top of the ninth inning of Game 4, Holt was so fired up after reaching second base on a left-field double that he lost his helmet while approaching the bag.
- Pitcher Joe Kelly’s glasses: After a rocky end to the regular season, Kelly quieted the doubters with six shutout innings across the series’ five games. He surrendered just four hits and struck out 10.
- Game 3’s home plate umpire Ted Barrett’s ball/strike clicker: The epic 18-inning battle featured 561 total pitches.