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Posted: October 31, 2018

Red Sox get custom WWE championship belt from Triple H for World Series win

The History of the World Series

By Austin Bumpus, Boston25News.com

BOSTON —

The Boston Red Sox played the game well for all of the 2018 season, so it's fitting that "The Game" Triple H would be ready to show some appreciation for the World Series champions.

>> On Boston25News.com: World Series champions: Red Sox beat Dodgers in Game 5 to clinch series

The WWE superstar, who has also been the company's executive vice president of talent, live events and creative since 2013, posted a custom WWE championship belt on Twitter, congratulating the Red Sox on their win. 

>> See the tweet here

>> PHOTOS: Red Sox top Dodgers in Game 5 to win 2018 World Series

"The duck boats are ready for the parade, but you'll need one more thing to celebrate like a champion," Triple H said in his tweet, showcasing the belt with its custom Red Sox sideplates. 

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Triple H, whose real name is Paul Levesque, has New England ties of his own. He was born in Nashua, New Hampshire, and is a Connecticut native, living near WWE's headquarters in Stamford.

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"From the WWE Universe to Red Sox Nation, wear this @WWE Championship with pride! #DAMAGEDONE," he said.


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Red Sox get custom WWE championship belt from Triple H for World Series win

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Red Sox get custom WWE championship belt from Triple H for World Series win

Paul "Triple H" Levesque attends WWE's First-Ever Emmy "For Your Consideration" Event at Saban Media Center on June 6, 2018, in North Hollywood, California.

2018 World Series: Red Sox top Dodgers in Game 5 for crown

The Boston Red Sox won their ninth World Series title and fourth in 15 seasons Sunday night, defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 in Game 5.

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The Red Sox, behind a stellar pitching performance by starter David Price and two home runs by Series MVP Steve Pearce, wrapped up the series in five games.

Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez also homered for Boston, which had the best regular-season record in baseball with 108 victories.

Chris Sale struck out the side in the ninth inning for Boston, making rookie manager Alex Cora the first manager from Puerto Rico to lead a team to a World Series championship.

Pearce staked Price to a 2-0 lead with a two-run home run in the first inning and hit a solo shot in the eighth inning. Mookie Betts hit a solo homer in the sixth inning and J.D. Martinez hit a solo shot in the seventh inning.

Price allowed three hits and allowed just one run, a home run by David Freese in the first inning.

2018 World Series: Matt Damon, Jimmy Kimmel wear dueling 'I'm With Stupid' shirts

The ongoing rivalry between Matt Damon and Jimmy Kimmel reached a new high for Game 5 of the World Series with a unique twist.

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Damon, rocking a Red Sox hat, wore a red "I'm With Stupid" shirt, with an arrow pointing at his "good friend" to his left: Kimmel.

Meanwhile, Kimmel had a rebuttal of his own, donning a Dodgers-themed blue "I'm With Stupid" shirt, pointing right back at Damon for when they sat together for Sunday night's game.

Caught just outside of the fray? Damon and Kimmel's friend Ben Affleck, showing support for his Red Sox and finding himself in the center of the notorious Damon-Kimmel rivalry once more.

2018 World Series: Some things to know from Boston’s fourth baseball title in 15 seasons

The Boston Red Sox nailed down their ninth World Series title Sunday night by defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 5 of the 2018 World Series. It is Boston’s fourth World Series title since the Red Sox broke the “Curse of the Bambino” in 2004. It is also 100 years since they won the World Series when the Bambino -- Babe Ruth -- was their pitching ace.

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Here are some takeaways from Boston’s fourth Series championship in 15 seasons.

The Red Sox won a World Series title on the road for the fourth time in franchise history. In addition to winning Sunday night at Dodger Stadium, the Red Sox won title-clinching games at Philadelphia’s Baker Bowl in 1915, St. Louis’ Busch Stadium in 2004 and at Denver’s Coors Field in 2007.

The Red Sox were 7-1 during the postseason in games away from Fenway Park. Their lone loss was an 18-inning marathon defeat to the Dodgers in Game 3 in a game that took 7 hours, 20 minutes to play.

Winning manager Alex Cora becomes the first man born in Puerto Rico to manage a team to a World Series title. Other managers born outside the continental United States to win baseball’s biggest price are Bruce Bochy, who was born in France and managed the San Francisco Giants to titles in 2010, 2012 and 2014; and Ozzie Guillen, a native of Venezuela who piloted the Chicago White Sox to the 2005 championship.

Cora also becomes the fifth manager to win a World Series in his rookie season, joining Bucky Harris of the Washington Senators (1924), Eddie Dyer of the St. Louis Cardinals (1946), Ralph Houk of the New York Yankees (1961) and Bob Brenly of the Arizona Diamondbacks (2001). Honorable mention goes to Dallas Green of the Philadelphia Phillies (1980) and Tom Kelly of the Minnesota Twins (1987), who won Series titles in their first full seasons as managers. Both had managed portions of the previous seasons.

By losing, the Dodgers became the first team to lose back-to-back World Series since 1977-78. They were hoping to become the eighth team to rebound from a 3-1 series deficit to win the World Series and the first since the 2016 Chicago Cubs.

Red Sox starting pitcher David Price improved to 8-2 in his career with Jeff Nelson as the home plate umpire.

Price also became the second left-handed pitcher in Red Sox history to be credited with the victory in the title-clinching game. The other southpaw was John Lester, who nailed down Boston’s four-game sweep against Colorado in 2007.

Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez had gone hitless during the first two World Series games in Los Angeles, but they each hit a home run in Game 5.

Meanwhile, Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw fell to 1-4 in elimination games. Los Angeles has not won a World Series since 1988.

Red Sox fan's $650 World Series ticket stolen by scammer through Instagram

A simple social media post ended up costing one Boston Red Sox baseball fan a big amount of money.

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Robbie Johnson, a 28-year-old after-school instructor from Wellesley. Massachusetts, got tickets for Game 2 of the World Series and, as most people are inclined to do, posted a picture on Instagram. 

When he arrived at Fenway Park on Wednesday with his sister, the $650 ticket his family bought for him did not work.

>> Dodgers edge Red Sox in 18-inning marathon

"I went to ticket services and that's where I was informed [the] ticket had been scanned at 5:09 p.m, a couple of hours before we got there," Johnson said. 

Someone stole his seat. But how?

What a lot of people don't realize is that all the information a scam artist needs to make a duplicate of a concert or sporting event ticket is printed on it.

The picture of the ticket Johnson posted on Instagram included the bar code and his unique ticket number. With that information, someone turned Johnson's ticket into a free entry to a World Series game.

According to April Martin, community outreach manager for Ace Tickets, the ticket company recently began warning customers about this type of theft. 

"You can post your ticket, you just need to make sure you cover it -- the bar code especially and even your seating location," Martin said. 

>> PHOTOS: 2018 World Series Game 3

Johnson ended up getting into the game after all, but not without dropping $450 for a second ticket. 

He said the person who went in with his original seat number never sat in the seat. 

"There are people who will do these things, which is unfortunate," Martin added. "We were very excited about it, never been to a World Series [and it has] always been a lifelong dream of both of ours."

Since the scam, Johnson has made his Instagram feed private.

World Series: Game 3 produced record numbers

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World Series: Game 3 produced record numbers

The numbers are mind-boggling,

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Game 3 of the 2018 World Series, an 18-inning marathon won 3-2 by the Los Angeles Dodgers early Saturday, took longer to play -- 7 hours, 20 minutes -- than all four games of the 1939 World Series.

According to Stats LLC, the New York Yankees took 7 hours, 5 minutes to sweep the Cincinnati Reds in the 1939 Fall Classic.

>> Dodgers edge Red Sox in 18-inning marathon

Game 3 at Dodger Stadium between the Dodgers and Boston Red Sox offered some interesting numbers that are appropriate for the longest game in World Series history.

Eighteen pitchers were used in the game -- nine for each team -- and they combined to throw 561 pitches.

PItch No. 561 was launched by Max Muncy into the left-field seats for the game-winning home run in the bottom of the 18th inning. It came off Red Sox reliever Nathan Eovaldi, who was entering his seventh inning of work. Eovaldi, who worked out of several jams, threw 97 pitches in relief -- 62 for strikes.

There were more combined strikeouts (34) than there were hits (18).

>> PHOTOS: 2018 World Series Game 3

Muncy’s dramatic shot was the first walk-off homer for the Dodgers in the World Series since Kirk Gibson’s dramatic ninth-inning blast off Dennis Eckersley in the ninth inning of Game 1 of the 1988 Fall Classic, which was also played at Dodger Stadium.

Jackie Bradley Jr.’s game-tying homer in the eighth inning marked the fourth time in Red Sox history that a Boston player hit a game-tying shot that late in a World Series game. It was the first time since Bernie Carbo tied the epic Game 6 of the 1975 World Series with a three-run shot.

How long was this game? There were two breaks for “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.” One was played during its traditional spot in the middle of the seventh inning, while it was sung for the second time in the middle of the 14th.

Muncy made sure the song wouldn’t be sung a third time at Dodger Stadium when he connected at 3:20 a.m. EDT.

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