Here's to the winners.
I won't mention everyone, but here are some of the Boston Red Sox who left indelible impressions on me this post-season:
John Lackey: His former pitching coach with the Angels, Padres manager Bud Black, tells a great story about how he bumped into Lackey at the start of the season. Both the Padres and Red Sox opened in New York and stayed in the same hotel. When Black saw Lackey in the lobby - the new, thinner Lackey - he said, "Wow, Lack!"
Black said it was obvious that Lackey had worked hard not only to rehabilitate his elbow from Tommy John surgery, but also to improve his conditioning. In fact, Lackey looked so thin, Black thought that he appeared taller than his listed 6-foot-6. Lackey, Black said, "had a good look in his eye. There was just something different about him."
He reshaped his body, he reshaped his reputation. The crowd at Fenway chanted his name in the seventh inning of the Game 6 clincher, then gave him a standing ovation when he left th...