Xander Bogaerts on commish's comment: Not nice or right

Rob Bradford
February 19, 2020 - 4:31 pm

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- In a 15-minute sit-down with WEEI's Lou Merloni Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts touched on variety of topics, including one the more newsworthy items the last few days: MLB commissioner Rob Manfred "a piece of metal."

"I saw a couple of guys saying how he should take his name off of the trophy," Bogaerts said. "You play 162 games trying to have the best record in the division. You’re just going to say that? I don’t think it was the right thing for him to say. I think he apologized. It might take a take a while for a lot of people to let that sink in. Obviously he could have chosen different words. It wasn’t the right and the nice way to say it. We work so hard as baseball players just to get one ring and to call it like that, it wasn’t nice."

Bogaerts also discussed if he was concerned that the Red Sox might face similar kind of backlash as the Astros are dealing once MLB's report on Boston is released.

"I don’t think it will be the same case with us," he said. "Obviously, we went out there and we had the best team and we proved it to everyone. Last year we dealt with a couple of injuries or else I think we would have been in a better situation. But that’s the way the game is. You can’t always have everyone healthy. The other team was the best one last year. We’ll see how it goes this year. We're excited for the new year."