“I Looked at the Roster and Knew”: Kike Hernandez Claims He Was Confident Boston Red Sox Would Win MLB Playoffs

Published 10/12/2021, 6:27 AM EDT
Oct 11, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Red Sox center fielder Enrique Hernandez (5) reacts after hitting a walk-off sacrifice fly against the Tampa Bay Rays to score pinch runner Danny Santana (not pictured) during the ninth inning during game four of the 2021 ALDS at Fenway Park. The Boston Red Sox won 6-5. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports


Boston Red Sox had Fenway Park erupt last night as they won the ALDS, beating Tampa Bay Rays emphatically. While the entire team had a powerful outing, Kike Hernandez stole the show, putting on a stellar performance.

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In the American League Division Series, the Red Sox lost to the Rays in Game 1, raising huge concerns ahead of the upcoming games. However, unlike others, Kike had no doubts about the team clinching the series.

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Kike Hernandez reveals he had predicted their win

Boston Red Sox signed a deal with Kike Hernandez in 2021, and he has proved to be a dominant force for them, ever since. On Monday night, Red Sox clinched the ALDS, outclassing the Tampa Bay Rays to win the series by 3-1, and transcend into the ALCS.

Oct 11, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Red Sox center fielder Enrique Hernandez (5) celebrates with shortstop Xander Bogaerts (2) and right fielder Hunter Renfroe (10) after hitting a walk-off sacrifice fly against the Tampa Bay Rays to score pinch runner Danny Santana (not pictured) during the ninth inning during game four of the 2021 ALDS at Fenway Park. The Boston Red Sox won 6-5. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

After tasting victory, Kike revealed his thoughts while signing a deal with the team. Interestingly, the moment he saw the roster, he knew they will be standing in the playoffs.

Kike said, “Spring training. You know when I signed here I looked at the roster and I knew that you know we had a really a bunch of really good players, plenty players here that have done it before. I knew that we just had to hang in there until we got stale back. And we after we got stale I knew that we were going to become a really dangerous team. And here we are.”

Kike’s 2021 performance

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Since his entry into the Red Sox team, Kike has become a crucial player. It will be fair to say that he was one of the front drivers for the team on the playoff ride. Throughout the series, he established the impressive 7 straight home runs hit record; Overall he has smashed 20 home runs for the team in 2021.

Oct 11, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Red Sox center fielder Enrique Hernandez (5) hits a walk-off sacrifice fly against the Tampa Bay Rays to score pinch runner Danny Santana (not pictured) during the ninth inning during game four of the 2021 ALDS at Fenway Park. The Boston Red Sox won 6-5. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

The play-offs did not look positive for the Red Sox after game one, but the way the team has changed since that loss is incredible. From a disappointing 0 in the first game, they went on to hit not one, but 5 home runs in the second game, and an overall score of 14-6.

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Now the team will move forward to the ALCS. Do you think Kike Hernandez would continue his form and escalate the Red Sox to the World Series?

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Shreya Verma

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Shreya Verma is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports. A post-graduation student in political science, Shreya is also a professional 10m air pistol shooter. Taking after her athlete father, she was naturally inclined towards the athletic life.

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