Eight Boston Red Sox players trace their humble beginnings back to Salem

SALEM, Va. (WDBJ) -- The Boston Red Sox are your 2018 World Series champions, winning 5-1 in LA last night over the Dodgers.

Eight of the guys on Boston's World Series roster started their journey to the Big Leagues playing for the Salem Red Sox.

Mookie Betts and catcher Blake Swihart, both played on the Salem team that brought home the 2013 Carolina League championship.
Jackie Bradley, Jr. and Xander Bogaerts moved through shortly after that.

Two years ago, Andrew Benitendi and Rafael Devers were making their debuts on Haley Toyota Field.

"Most of these guys are under 26 years old. That's why we're so fortunate to have seen them here just in recent years. To achieve this level of success and to be the top players in the game," Salem Red Sox general manager Ryan Shelton said. "We're expecting in the next couple weeks that Mookie Betts is gonna be named the American League MVP. And to be a guy who played here, helped us win a championship in 2013 and to help Boston win that same championship. It's very special and we're really happy for those guys."