Heath Hembree details how he landed on TMZ (NSFW language)

Rob Bradford
February 16, 2019 - 1:46 pm

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Heath Hembree did alright for himself for the majority of the 2018 season. The reliever appeared in 67 games, going through a run for the majority of the year where Alex Cora designated him as the go-to relief pitcher when it came to coming in with runners on base.

He would go on to pitch three times in the postseason, not giving up a single hit.

But it wasn't until after the season was complete that Hembree truly got himself national attention. That was thanks to a well-placed TMZ camera crew which had parked itself outside the Los Angeles establishment some of the Red Sox were celebrating their World Series win at. (Warning: language is NSFW)

"Being a middle reliever I didn’t think I would get that much attention," Hembree told WEEI.com Saturday. "But I guess they are going to try and make a story out of something."

Hembree's late-night proclamation will certainly go down as one of the more memorable RSVPs when it comes to the Red Sox' invitation to visit the White House.

"I didn’t have a clue. I thought it was just people talking on the street," said Hembree of the sidewalk scene. "There was a bright light but I didn’t think anything of it. I had some drinks, we just won the World Series and I was out having a good time with the guys. It got late in the night and I got smoke-bombed and I was just trying to get out by myself and I walked outside and all of this happened. I didn’t even know what happened. I woke up the next the morning and my buddies are sending me links. I’m like, ‘Oh gosh, that happened.’"

He added, "It is what it is. I don’t give a (expletive). I could have worded it better for my younger audience. I could have worded it better or for my image — although I don’t really care about that. I don’t regret what I said. It could have been worded differently, but I don’t regret it."

So, just exactly how political is Hembree?

"I keep up with it. I like to know what’s going on. I try and stay current," he said. "It was just one of those things where what you’re going to say is going to get a reaction. In that moment I was like, ‘Let’s get a reaction.’ But the next morning I was like, ‘Oh gosh.’"