The Red Sox took out the 100-win Rays in the ALDS, becoming the first team to advance to the championship round.
The question now: Can this scrappy Boston team win another World Series?
Unsurprisingly, it was Kiké Hernández who walked them off with a sac fly to cap off a remarkable series — he batted .450 with three doubles, two home runs, and six RBI.
Last year, the Sox finished last in the AL East, but a series of offseason and midseason moves have now put them four wins from another Fall Classic.
The Rays were analytical and financial darlings — as always — finishing 2021 with the best record in the American League despite having just the 26th-highest payroll in MLB.
In the end, even with the plucky roster, the traditional, big-spending approach won the day — and now could win the pennant.