There's more than a little irony in the fact that the Red Sox will (eventually) trade Mookie Betts and David Price to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
And no, it has very little to do with the fact that those two players helped the Red Sox cap their magical 2018 season by beating the Dodgers in the World Series, with Price earning the victory in the decisive Game 5 in the ballpark he will soon call home.
No, it's much more than that.
Although the two franchises exist on opposite coasts, separated by 3,000 miles, they share a common heritage. Both franchises were, for the longest time, unable to defeat the New York Yankees. Both endured decades-long championship droughts -- the Sox for 86 years, while the Dodgers were without a title for more than the first half of the 20th century before finally breaking through against their rivals in 1955.
But this isn't about the past; it's about the present.
When Chaim Bloom, the new Red Sox chief baseball officer, looks at the Dodgers, he sees a model for what he wants the Sox to become.
That's not an accident, of course. The Dodgers are