Triston Casas’ Olympics comments will make Red Sox fans love him even more
Triston Casas seems like the perfect player for Red Sox Nation
Triston Casas may be from Florida, but it sounds like he was born to play in Boston.
Amidst the news that the Red Sox are calling up their No. 2 prospect for Sunday’s game, a clip of Boston’s 2018 first-round pick resurfaced on Twitter.
In a video from November 2021, Casas discussed playing on Team USA in the Tokyo Olympics, and what it felt like to take home the silver, not gold. He’d put himself on the map in a big way in the historic games, leading his squad with three home runs and eight RBI in the tournament. Unfortunately, they fell 2-0 to Team Japan in the finals, and Casas wasn’t satisfied with finishing runner-up.
Most mere mortals would probably say that even competing in the Olympics is an honor, but it’s good to know that the 22-year-old first baseman holds himself to such high standards. It’s exactly the kind of energy Red Sox fans will love. Expectations for the historic franchise are sky-high after four championships in fifteen years between 2004-18. Players who understand that – especially one as young as Casas, with so much baseball ahead of him – are the kind who prove to be difference-makers.
Unfortunately, Casas is joining the Sox at a time when second place would be a huge improvement. The Sox are last in their division and 7 1/2 games out of the Wild Card race. Forget silver, this team wouldn’t even be on the podium.
Boston is an intense town. The sports fans are passionate and involved. They want to know the players they root for and pay to see are equally committed; they want to love and be loved in return. If they think an athlete matches their devotion, like David Ortiz, they’ll support them unconditionally. If not, well, just Google ‘Pablo Sandoval Red Sox.’
Thankfully, it sounds like Casas will fit right in.