A dugout speech, if some impassioned yelling from Chris Sale qualifies as such, is not the reason the Red Sox are one win away from a championship. Neither is the gathering the Red Sox had after Game 3’s excruciating loss, when manager Alex Cora spoke to the team.
“I wish I could tell you guys all of it, but we had an incredible baseball game last night, one of the best of all-time,” pitching coach Dana LeVangie said less than 24 hours later, after Game 4’s 9-6 win over the Dodgers lasted only nine innings. “Unfortunately, it didn’t turn out in our favor. But he praised everybody in the room. He praised a couple of guys individually, a big-time team gathering that there was at the end of it, a lot of standing ovation, clapping about it.”