Red Sox star Rafael Devers has unexpected reaction to clutch hit
Few baseball players are as delightful to watch as Rafael Devers, who plays the game and speaks about it with childlike joy.
But on Thursday night, Boston’s cherubic third baseman – whose preferred nickname ‘Carita’ literally means baby face – wasn’t pleased with himself, and the reason why is pretty funny.
In the bottom of the 8th, with the Red Sox trailing the Rangers 8-3, Devers came up to the plate with an 0-for-24 hitting drought weighing him down.
Standing on second base, Devers displayed frustration in his delightfully unique way of whacking himself on the side of the head. He’s been doing this for years; thankfully, his head is always safely encased in a batting helmet.
Why, exactly, was Devers frustrated about a clutch RBI-double that snapped a lengthy hitless skid? Because he wanted a home run. And in almost any other big-league ballpark, it would’ve been one.
Devers’ hit would’ve been a home run in 22 of the 30 MLB ballparks, just not Fenway. To make it even more frustrating, his double went 414 feet, meaning he hit the ball farther than Alex Verdugo’s 408-ft homer to dead-center a few innings before. Fenway’s pesky little 420 triangle strikes again.
Devers ultimately scored on an Arroyo hit, but you knew he was itching to get back up to bat and try for a round-tripper.
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Devers got his chance in the bottom of the ninth. With the Sox down three and the bases loaded, he doubled to score Tommy Pham and Alex Verdugo.
When Jonathan Hernandez intentionally walked Christian Arroyo to reload the bases, Kiké Hernández came up to bat and drove in Xander Bogaerts with a single to right.
Finally, Rob Refsnyder came to the plate and shot a single to left to score Devers. Comeback secured.
After several heartbreaking missed walk-off attempts by this team this season, the fact that Refsnyder was able to complete the comeback was just what the doctor ordered. That it was his first career walk-off made the moment even more epic.
The come-from-behind victory wouldn’t have been possible without Devers. He went 2-for-5 with a pair of runs scored and three RBI.
Will this one glorious night change the rest of the season? There’s no way to no, just a sliver of hope renewed.
Either way, as Kevin from The Office famously said, sometimes ‘It’s just nice to win one.’