“Not High Up on My List”: Boston Red Sox Star Slams Houston Astros

Published 10/14/2021, 8:30 AM EDT
Oct 10, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi (17) and catcher Kevin Plawecki (25) walk in from the bullpen before game three of the 2021 ALDS against the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports


Houston Astros and Boston Red Sox will soon face each other in the ALCS. However, even before taking to the field, a war of words between the two teams has begun. Initiating the verbal clash, Red Sox’s star pitcher Nathan Eovaldi has made his hate loud and clear for his upcoming opponents.

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While the Houston Astros defeated the Chicago White Sox, the Boston Red Sox triumphed over the Tampa Bay Rays to reach the ALCS. Even though as the two teams don’t have any traditional rivalries, they are not a fan of each other.

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Nathan Eovaldi slams the Houston Astros

2021 has seen major upsets with teams like the New York Yankees out of the post-season. However, against all the odds, the Red Sox and Astros have reached the ALCS 2021. Before entering the seven-game battle, Red Sox’s Nathan Eovaldi has revealed his thoughts on his counterparts.

Oct 5, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi (17) is relieved against the New York Yankees during the sixth inning of the American League Wildcard game at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Notably, the ALCS upcoming match with Red Sox has reignited an infamous incident he experienced with the team. Back in 2019, just before the play-offs, Houston Astros, third baseman Alex Bregman, had trolled Nathan on social media.

In conversation with WEEI’s The Greg Hill Show, Nathan reflected on the Astros team. He said, “Yeah, they have a tendency of rubbing guys the wrong way. I don’t necessarily hate any team, but they’re not high up on my list.” 

Houston Astros are exposed to fans and other teams looking down on them post their 2017 controversy. Even during the Chicago White Sox vs Houston Astros ALDS match, fans booed at their victory. Not just that, but when Astros star player Jose Altuve braced a hit on his hand, the stadium erupted with applause and cheers.

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Boston Red Sox vs Houston Astros

Interestingly, Alex Cora, the current manager of the Boston Red Sox, has old ties with the Astros. In 2017, Alex was the bench coach for the Astros, the same year when they clinched the World Series and were accused of cheating.

Oct 11, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora (13) takes out starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez (57) during the sixth inning of their game against the Tampa Bay Rays during game four of the 2021 ALDS at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Red Sox and Astros will compete in their first ALCS match on Friday. Who do you think amongst the two hot rivals will dominate the race to the World Series berth?

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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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