Unsurprisingly, former Toronto Blue Jay Steve Pearce was crowned the 2018 World Series MVP as a member of the victorious Boston Red Sox.
If you had to sum up Steve Pearce‘s 2018 World Series in one word, it should be “heroic”. Or maybe “epic” would be more fitting. Regardless, Pearce, a seasoned veteran, and, at the start of this season, a Blue Jay, deserved every second of attention that was given to him following Boston’s World Series victory Sunday night.
Pearce smashed three home runs, including two in Game 5, and hit .333 en route to his first career World Series ring. Cool and collected, Pearce was a force to be reckoned with at the plate all postseason long, culminating in a terrific performance in the clinching game.
For Blue Jays fans, this represents a “feel-good story” of sorts, as despite being a member of the Boston Red Sox, Pearce was proud to play in Toronto, and for much of his tenure with the Jays, was a productive, solid contributor, when healthy.
Blue Jays fans all over Twitter were cheering for Pearce as they waited patiently for him to be crowned World Series MVP. Pearce’s former Blue Jays teammates, including Randal Grichuk, also took to Twitter to congratulate him.
Miraculously, the native of Lakeland, Florida became just the third player in MLB history over the age of 35 to have a multi-homer game in the World Series, according to MLBStatoftheDay on Twitter.
It was also quite the turnaround on the season for Pearce, who played in just 26 games with the Blue Jays before being traded, and then ultimately ended up hitting in the middle of the lineup for the World Series champs, while contributing even more on offence than Mookie Betts or J.D. Martinez.
All in all, the Red Sox were the better team and deserved the championship in every way. While David Price, who pitched seven strong innings, was also a strong candidate for the award, Steve Pearce, a tough competitor and uniquely skilled ballplayer, deserved the trophy more than anyone in the world. Blue Jays fans everywhere are happy for you, Steve Pearce.