Tom Verducci is Sports Illustrated’s senior baseball writer and a three-time National Sportswriter of the Year (2014, 2015 and 2016). He is also a game and studio analyst for FOX Sports and MLB Network.
An epic, 18-inning loss in Game 3 could have spelled the end for baseball's winningest team. Instead, it revealed the true greatness of the Red Sox, who resolutely pulled together and claimed their fourth World Series title in 15 years.
The Red Sox rallied for a season-defining win one night after enduring the longest postseason defeat behind the grit and grind that made them the best team in baseball. Now Boston sits on the cusp of cementing its legacy.