2018 World Series

McAdam: Red Sox felt a duty to win it all after record-setting season

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As they gathered with family and friends on the Dodger Stadium infield and outfield late Sunday night, there was, of course, a palpable sense of accomplishment for the 2018 Red Sox.

The baseball season is long and grueling, and the expanded playoff format undoubtedly takes its toll, so it was only natural that the players celebrated their five-game victory over the Dodgers, the culmination of a journey that began back in February.

But beyond the sheer joy, there existed something else: relief.