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"So much of postseason lore centers on workaday players who had the best week of their lives when everyone was watching. David Freese. Mike Lowell. Scott Brosius. Ray Knight. Ron Cey. I mean, that’s just the non-superstar third basemen who were World Series MVPs since I started watching baseball. What we think less about -- and what I’m getting at today -- is that teams win World Series when they do things they weren’t expected to do. The Royals didn’t hit homers, but they hit a bunch of critical ones across two postseasons. The Red Sox middle relievers weren’t good, and then for three weeks, they were great."