HOUSTON – When Alex Bregman tried to free himself from the Boston Red Sox, it did not work.
On Monday, the third baseman from Houston posted a video on his Instagram account in which Astros hit back-to-back-to-back home runs at Minute Maid Park against Nathan Eovaldi, with the text signature, "lil pregame video work. " Bregman scored the second of the three homers against Eovaldi, who was pitching for the Tampa Bay Rays at the time.
Eovaldi traded to Boston in July and is scheduled to race in Houston on Matchday 3 of the American League Championship Series
On Monday afternoon, Eovaldi said he had not really seen the video, but that he was aware of it and tried to focus on the task ahead.
"I still have a job to do," he said. "I have to get out tomorrow and play my game tomorrow and I can not have a distraction."
Like Eovaldi, Red Sox manager Alex Cora claimed he had not seen Bregman's post. Cora added that with the Best of Seven series, he does not believe that his players need an extra incentive.
"If you need motivation in Game 3 of the ALCS, you should better check yourself," said the skipper of the first year. "Because you win three more games, you go to the show and that should motivate you, Alex has different ways to motivate yourself and whatever, I'll leave it at that."
Bregman's contribution is merely the latest episode of off-field antics endured by Cora and the Red Sox. After the Boston Game 2 AL Division Series was lost to the Yankees, the thug Aaron Judge raced through the Red Sox clubhouse on his way to Fenway Park and blew the classic "New York, New York". Returning to the Bronx, the Red Sox led the Yankees 1
"I do not take it personally," he said. "I do not play anymore, I suppose if I played I would be like this, we'll go as usual, but I will not throw a ball, I do not have to beat, I'm not making mistakes anymore." I only manage one team, and I'm not lured into the trap. But it's always good that people talk about the game. And if that's why they talk about it, so be it. But from my end, I'm not paying attention. As of Monday night, Bregman's Instagram account did not include a post with a video of Eovaldi's June launch in Houston.