2018 World Series: Dave Roberts Concedes Red Sox Were ‘Better Team’
Dave Roberts, 2018 World Series
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The 2018 season came to an abrupt end for the Los Angeles Dodgers as they lost Game 5 of the World Series to the Boston Red Sox. The Dodgers became the first team to lose back-to-back World Series on their home field since the New York Giants (1936 and 1937).

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For the Red Sox, they capped off a regular season in which they finished with the best overall record by capturing a ninth championship in franchise history. Their 119 wins (regular season and postseason) were the second-most by a World Series champion in MLB history.

“When you play a seven-game series, there are certainly moments that could go either way. But ultimately, and it’s tough to say, but the better team won,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said after his club’s loss.

While he earned the favor of the city by guiding the Dodgers to their first World Series appearance in 29 years, a return trip only garnered him more criticism than praise. Roberts was booed during pregame introductions on Sunday.

Just as he explained prior to Game 5, Roberts reiterated he did not harbor any regret or second-guessing with his decisions. “I think that we can always go back and look at certain moments, and that’s what people do. That’s what we all do, but ultimately that was a very good ballclub over there,” he said.

“And a lot of times you make your own breaks and you’ve still got to go out there and perform. And to their credit, when we gave them opportunities they got big hits and we didn’t. That’s baseball.”

The Red Sox finished the postseason a perfect 10-0 when scoring first. The Dodgers held leads at various times in three of five World Series games, only two lose two of those.