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Drew Pomeranz was surprised as anyone he landed on World Series roster

Rob Bradford
October 24, 2018 - 1:47 am

Monday was already a pretty fun day for Drew Pomeranz.

The Red Sox pitcher had resigned himself to the fact that his existence with the team was to throw on the side throughout the postseason, and pitch to his own hitters when called upon. That's exactly what Pomeranz did the day before the World Series kicked off, this time executing his role with a very specific purpose in mind.

"When I threw (Monday) I was trying to imitate (Clayton) Kershaw for our hitters. That’s all I was doing," Pomeranz told WEEI.com. "I was throwing cutters and kind of doing what he does. I was just asking our guys what they wanted to see and I threw whatever they wanted just to give them a look because I didn’t think I was pitching. It was a lot of fun, actually. It was fun trying to throw like him, slowing my curveball down. I was just trying to do whatever I could to help. I wasn’t going to play so I might as well do something and try and help the guys stay fresh."

So Pomeranz played Kershaw, got in his car and went home. His only other task was to pick up his parents at the airport just before 11 p.m.

But as he was getting ready to head to Logan Airport the lefty pitcher got a call from Red Sox manager Alex Cora. The message from the skipper was that the Red Sox were thinking about putting Pomeranz on the 25-man roster for the World Series. Then, just before getting in the car, he got the text.

"You're on the roster!"

The pitcher who hadn't thrown in a game since Sept. 30 and wasn't active for either one of the Red Sox' two postseason series was being called upon to pitch in the World Series.

"(Red Sox pitching coach Dana (LeVangie) had said something to me, just saying, ‘Stay ready.’ I went home and AC called me last night. I thought Dana was just telling me to stay ready but then the phone rang and I was like, ‘Oh (expletive),'" Pomeranz said. "It was awesome. I was just about to pick my parents from the airport and I found out right before. They were surprised. They were so happy. It’s pretty cool. I didn’t expect it, definitely."

While Pomeranz hadn't pitched since that final game of the regular season, striking out two of the three batters he faced, he had been making good use of his time, all the while not really expecting to ever take the mound in a game again this season.

"I pretty much came in every day acting like I was going to pitch that night for the last three weeks," he said. "I’ve felt good since the last series of the year against New York. The curveball was back. The velocity on the fastball. I felt like I could throw things where I wanted to. It was a really good feeling. I just carried it all the way through and tried to do it every day."

And it led him to a most unexpected place: the active roster.