LOS ANGELES — If you had to name one player who would carry the Red Sox offensively in the World Series, a platooning journeyman first baseman would not be high on the list.
But Steve Pearce was that kind of postseason hero.
Pearce slugged a two-run homer in the top of the first inning of Game 5 — his third extra-base hit in as many at-bats — and then added a solo shot in the eighth inning to cap off the Red Sox' series-clinching 5-1 win in Game 5 on Sunday night, and earned him World Series MVP honors.
"It sure is," said Pearce, when asked if this was beyond his wildest dreams. "This has been a lifelong journey. And to be here right now is a dream come true.
"Best feeling in my life. This is what you grow up wishing that you could be a part of something like this. With that special group of guys out there, to celebrate with them, that was awesome."