After amassing a franchise-record 108 wins, the Boston Red Sox capped off their historic season last night with a dominant Game 5 performance, beating the Los Angeles Dodgers 5–1 to capture the 2018 World Series title. While the Red Sox went wild on the field, they also went wild in the clubhouse, popping open plenty of Champagne and lighting up some choice victory cigars.
With Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York” blasting during the postgame revelry—a not-so-subtle jab aimed squarely at their rivals, the New York Yankees—first baseman Mitch Moreland could be seen enjoying a cigar in one hand, a Budweiser in the other. Moreland was one of the heroes of Game 4 after he stunned the Dodgers with a two-out, three-run, pinch-hit home run to spark a comeback en route to a 9–6 win in that game.
Not to be outdone, 22-year-old Rafael Devers, who came off the bench in Game 4 to drive in the go-ahead run, savored his own lit cigar while being doused in Champagne.
While it’s a bit of a mystery as to what cigar brand the Red Sox players were lighting up, it’s no secret that the Sox have won four World Series titles in the last 15 years.
Right now, the duck boats in Boston are being warmed up for Wednesday’s victory parade. And although it’s safe to assume Champagne and alcohol will play a part in the festivities to come, cigars may or may not make another appearance.