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Pearce on Bregman: 'We'll see who is talking at the end of the series'

Rob Bradford
October 16, 2018 - 5:57 am

HOUSTON -- The conversation bubbling to the surface on workout day at Minute Maid Park Monday had little to do with actual baseball. Instead, it was all about Instagram.

Following a brief batting practice session leading up to Game 3 of the American League Championship Series between the Red Sox and Astros, various Sox players were asked to respond to Alex Bregman's controversial post on Instagram showing a series of Houston home runs against Boston starter Nathan Eovaldi. (To see the post, click here.)

While many of the quotes emanating from the Red Sox' side of things downplayed the impact of Bregman's post, not everybody was willing to suggest it was no big deal.

"Wow. I don’t know why he would do that," Red Sox first baseman Steve Pearce told "We do our talking on the field. If he wants to run his mouth now we’ll see who is talking at the end of the series. I don’t think he needs to run his mouth. He’s one of the best players in the game. If that’s his personality, that’s his personality. Nothing against the guy. If that’s how he has to motivate himself, whatever."

Blake Swihart, who grew up with the Astros' third baseman in New Mexico, was ready when reporters approached him near the end of media availability. ("Let me guess, you guys want to ask me about Bregman," he prefaced his remarks with.)

"To me, in his mind, he’s probably thinking he’s trying to pump up his team, get everyone excited," said Swihart, who said he hadn't talked to Bregman about the post. "It might have come off the wrong way. I know he deleted it now. I think he was just trying to pump everybody up, that’s all. In this type of game, you should already be pretty pumped up. I think he was just trying to pump people up."

What would Swihart tell his childhood friend when he does talk to him about the post?

"I’ll probably just tell him I had to do a bunch of interviews because of you posting that," said the Red Sox catcher. He added, "He’s always had a confidence about himself. That’s what makes everybody a great player. You have confidence in yourself. He’s never been one to do that, no."