Nathan Eovaldi – Ant-Man
We’re sticking with the pitchers here folks and again, I’m breaking my own rules. But hey, this is my gig and I’ll do what I want. Can we just start by saying Nathan Eovaldi deserves a statue somewhere in the city limits of Boston? What he did for the team this postseason is that of legend. He did it all without any expectations or pressure on his shoulders as well. Much like Scott Lang/Ant-Man.
Scott Lang became an Avenger unassumingly and doesn’t quite fit the mold of the superhero team. Though each member has their quirks they all share the desire to protect the masses. Lang became a hero begrudgingly out of self-preservation and eventually grew into the role. The sarcastic anti-hero joined the Avengers during Civil War, well into their story. Much like Eovaldi joining the Red Sox far into the season.
Both would assume their jobs on their respective teams and carry their weight. Eovaldi would make a name for himself by shutting down the Yankees in the Bronx and earn his spot. Lang would team up with Captain America and battle Iron Man’s side in the Civil War.
Both aren’t what you would expect from a hero but when the pressure his the heaviest and moments beyond encapsulation, they step up. Eovaldi was the driving force for the Red Sox in October. If he wasn’t starting, he was coming out of the bullpen in relief, just look at his extra-inning miracle in LA.
After missing Infinity War it was made clear that Ant-Man would be a key part in End Game by making an appearance at the end of the trailer. Eovaldi will once again look to be the workhorse for the Red Sox in their own end game as they defend their title in 2019.