You want to change a narrative? Take a page out of David Price's book: after you've hit your lowest low, tune out the noise, retool your changeup, and simply get to work.
You just might become unhittable.
7+ innings of dominant baseball on just 89 pitches was the story for an eternally-resurgent Price in Game 5 of the World Series, the final exclamation point behind the comeback he always knew he had within him, enacted after Game 2 of the ALDS went awry against the Yankees at Fenway.
And we say "eternal" because, no matter where his career goes, the title he delivered will always be etched in Red Sox lore.
A bit more fireman work from Joe Kelly and the final outs from Chris Sale later, and Price's win became the one that ultimately sent the Red Sox to their fourth World Series championship since 2004.
Without Price's discovery of his composure, this Boston team certainly isn't here celebrating with more champagne, capping their 108 regular season wins with the only victory that truly matters in history's pantheon.
In fact, they're not here without an endless series of unexpected contributors.
Steve Pearce, obtained at the trade deadline for circus peanuts, hit three homers and a three-run double in the final two contests (and put Boston up seemingly for good in ALCS Game 3 in Houston, the last time they were tested on a grand scale). Eduardo Nuñez hit a three-run homer to ice Game 1 of the World Series, leaving nothing up to the bullpen.
And speaking of bullpen, Nathan Eovaldi let six full innings fly out of the 'pen in Game 3's marathon, even after appearing in the series' first two contests as well.
Most comforting of all? All three of those key cogs previously mentioned once played, and played worse, for the New York Yankees.
In a season that many pundits predicted would end with Giancarlo Stanton raising a trophy in the Bronx, the Boston Red Sox proved all those talking heads so emphatically wrong that they may have to consider alternate career paths. Perhaps they'd like to join the Red Sox bullpen? We heard Alex Cora can turn any trash into a contributor out there.
Well-earned, and perhaps the most dominant wire-to-wire season we've seen in modern Major League Baseball. This team knew they were better than the competition all year long, and they went out and proved it. Impossible not to love that Dirty Water.