It was in the middle of the pandemic, the Boston Red Sox were smelly, and with the major league stadiums empty in 2020, they couldn't even rely on the crowds for them. During a particularly mundane road game at Rays 'Tropicana Field, coach Jason Varitek suggested they need to put some fun back into the game.
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The words had barely left his lips when Christian Vazquez hit a home run. So backup catcher Kevin Plawecki grabbed a nearby laundry cart, waited for Vazquez to come back to the canoe and said: "Hey, get on.
"We hadn't talked about it - nothing " Plalawecki said Wednesday. "He sat down right away, and I pushed him. And since that 's our thing, I guess.
The The 2004 Red Sox were " The Idiots. En 13, they bushy beard And if the 2021 team does like their predecessors and wins the World Series, the lingering image could be "Tunnel Time " - the home laundry cart drives through the dugout.
Started with a lark in one final season, the Red Sox continued the celebration this year and rode it to a spot in the AL Championship Series, which begins Friday night in Houston.
"It was great in a difficult season for them toto see finding something is fun and being able to celebrate something in the game, "said manager Alex Cora." It means a lot to them. To have fun with it, that 's great. "
Sports teams have long found unique ways to celebrate their victories and other milestones, bath Gatorade now routine after the jackets or jewelry award win for the big games.
Even in baseball, where traditionalists laugh at anything that may seem disrespectful or outrageous, teams haven't had afraid to show some personality.
The Phillies have a Home Run straw hat, the Rockies have "home shades " and the Blue Jays have a blue blazer for their "HR members Club ". The New York Mets overlap a plush pony through the canoe to celebrate the circuits; the Padres from San Diego spend a seven- dubb gem-adorned necklace on Swagg Channel .
During their race at the 2019 World Series, Washington Nationals car enthusiasts Adam Eaton and Howie Kendrick were celebrated by pretending to drive a canoe - stepping on an imaginary clutch, changing gears and making loud noises engine with their mouths.
"Everyone has their own way of having fun. That 's what it is all about, "Plalawecki said in an interview on the field during a batting practice at Fenway Park. It ' s just a way for us. to have fun, to keep it light. "
The Boston Cart is now a new custom model that may never have been touched by actual laundry; he even got it on the day of the bobble head of (although the Red Sox will tell you the giveaway honored JD Martinez, who was there).
During the playoffs, infielder Jose Iglesias took responsibility for "Carrito, " and s is declared an official driver. Acquired too late in the season to be eligible for the playoff list, Iglesias said he was happy to contribute in the dugout as he cannot on the pitch.
"C 'is a good way for him to stay involved with the guys, "Plalawecki said. "I know it kills him not to be with us. He's such a help to all of us.
Plawecki said he has no regrets about giving up his duties as a cart driver. After all, the way the Red Sox are playing, he has to save his energy: Boston hit two home runs in an AL win overYankees and nine others in Division Series four-game win over Tampa Bay - a playoff franchise has five in Game 2 alone.
"They kept me very , very busy, "Iglesias said. "And I hope to be busier in the playoffs.