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Christian Vazquez details ‘weird’ experience of facing Red Sox after trade

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Vazquez talks about the strange experience of meeting with the Red Sox immediately after the trade originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

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At least the Boston Red Sox made it convenient for Christian Vasquez to leave.

Shortly after landing in Houston on a Monday night Red Sox traded their longest-serving player for the Astros, whom they were preparing to face in a three-game series. This meant that Vasquez simply had to change clubs at Minute Maid Park to join his new team.

It also meant that Vazquez had to play his first game in an Astros uniform against an organization he joined in 2008 and has played with at the major league level since 2014. Houston on Wednesday vs. Boston.

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“It was so strange to meet my former teammates,” Vasquez said. said Rob Bradford of WEEI after the Astros’ 6-1 victory. “I guessed when I hit.

“… I’ve been catching everyone (on the Red Sox) for a long time and I know everyone and what they’re going to throw. I guessed if they would be the same or if they would change the plan. It was so weird.”

However, Vasquez had the advantage behind the plate. He relied on his intimate knowledge of his former teammates to deliver serves that exploited their weaknesses, such as high-pitched fastballs to Rafael Devers, who won 0 for 4 with three outs.

“It was fun to beat Karita (Devers) three times,” Vasquez said. “I love you Karita, but… I told him it was going to be a fastball. He knew it. But it was fun. It was a lot of fun.”

Starting pitcher José Urquidi dominated the Red Sox, allowing just two hits with 10 strikeouts in seven innings without strikeouts as the Astros improved to 68–38. Meanwhile, Boston dropped to 53–53 and finished in last place in the American League East.

However, many Red Sox players missed the MLB trade deadline. believing they have a legitimate chance to compete in the postseason – Vazquez among them.

“I thought we had a chance this year,” Vazquez said. “… We were on a two-game winning streak and I thought they would stay on the same team, get a few pieces and we would make the playoffs. But now we are here. Let’s win the World Series. here.”

Boston technically “added” by trading outfielder Tommy Pham and first baseman Eric Hosmer, who will be a significant defensive upgrade in the worst position of the team in this department.

But he also traded one of his core members, which doesn’t quite indicate that he wants to make the playoffs.


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