2018 ALCS

Bedard: Ryan Brasier’s bullpen heroics epitomizes these tough-as-nails Sox

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HOUSTON — Long after the book is written on this AL Championship Series (and Game 5 would need four-and-half chapters for how long and the many different roads it took), they will tell tales of Jackie Bradley Jr.'s heroics in the three most critical games, about Country Joe West's controversial call in the first inning Wednesday night and how the Red Sox' batters just completely wore out the Astros' vaunted starters and relief crew.

"Their offense is relentless," said Houston manager A.J. Hinch. "They're a full offense to deal with on a nightly basis. That's what's going on."

But make sure you don't forget about Ryan Brasier.

Not many books get written about setup men who do their grunt work in the middle innings. But if there's any player who epitomizes the attitude of this Red Sox team, how it has gone from regular-season heroes but postseason chokers the previous two seasons, to winning four-straight games at Yankee Stadium and Minute Maid Park against two of the best teams in baseball, it's Brasier.

You can see it on his face when he enters the game. It was the same look that told Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez to get back in the bleeping box in Game 2 of the Division Series. Boston lost that game. They won the next two games to win that series, and five of six games since them to stand one game away from the World Series.

Brasier, and these Red Sox, just don't give a damn what you or I think. You think their bullpen stinks? You think they're going to give up the lead late against these Astros?

They. Don't. Care. They're just going to shut you up ... or tell you to step in.