The Celtics returned to practice with momentum on Monday after their best performance of the season on Saturday night in Detroit, but the buzz around the facility still remained with another Boston squad in the wake of their World Series win.
Brad Stevens has been a regular at Fenway Park with his son throughout his tenure in Boston and raved about the team dynamic that led the Sox to the title.
"I've talked multiple times about how team-oriented they were," he said. "We pointed to Brock Holt's performance in the New York series, and then you look at Jackie Bradley Jr., who was the ALCS MVP, doesn't play until the last half of the game last night. Then Mookie Betts struggled all the way through, and yet clearly was an unbelievable leader, smiled and people got great motivation from his presence. Just go down the line with all those guys. The pitchers. It was incredible. I'm really thankful that in my time here I've been able to watch a couple of championships with my 12-year-old son. That's hard to beat."
Stevens spent some time in Spring Training with the Sox before the year and spoke with the team at the behest of Alex Cora. He's kept in touch with the Sox manager over the course of the year and was impressed by how he pushed the right buttons with this group.
"You could tell he had a special way about him," Stevens said. "It takes a lot for everyone to sacrifice a little bit more for the team, but that environment was something special."