Monday’s Mashup: Michael Chavis points to kid PA announcer, hits home run on next pitch

Lucy Burdge
May 20, 2019 - 7:59 am

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MLB: Boston at Toronto, 1:07 p.m. (NESN)
MLB: Philadelphia at Chicago Cubs, 8 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA: 9 p.m. Golden State at Portland (ESPN)


-- Michael Chavis hit a 420-foot home run over the Green Monster in the fifth inning of the Red Sox’ win over the Astros on Sunday and he gave some credit for the blast to the PA announcer.

A five-year-old named Jaxon was the guest kid PA announcer for Chavis as he stepped to the plate and gave a very energetic introduction. Chavis pointed to Jaxon up in the booth before hitting the bomb off of Wade Miley.

Jaxon’s older sister tweeted to the Red Sox confirming her little brother is “the most wholesome boy you’ll ever meet.”

And Chavis responded with a nice request.

-- It was a big weekend for Devin and Jason McCourty as they delivered a joint address at Rutgers University’s commencement on Sunday and shared some valuable advice with the graduating class.

“Don’t just be successful, but redefine success and then do it again,” Devin said.

“I know chasing goals can be scary,” he also said. “You may be doing things for the first time in your family’s history. You may be following in the footsteps of someone great. But do you think we’d be standing here, celebrating the 100th anniversary of Paul Robeson’s graduation, if he let fear and doubt step in the way of being great? Would the Patriots have won six Super Bowls if Bill Belichick listened to other people and put (Tom) Brady back on the bench?”

The McCourty twins, who are, of course, Rutgers alums, also urged the graduates to leave college “confident and fearless.”

“Let all your moments of self-doubt, fear or disappointment fuel your drive to be great,” Jason said. “Because it will be in those moments of fear that we have to realize we must redefine success and what it means to us.”

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I think the Winter Classic was probably one of those, wanting to look back, a turning point. I think that whole Peaky Blinders theme really brought the guys together. I think that was (Torey) Krug’s doing, if I’m not mistaken. And then the game itself, we seemed to take off from there. So that was definitely one area where the group really came together.” -- Bruce Cassidy, on the Bruins’ chemistry that helped get them to the Stanley Cup Final