Alex Verdugo is ready to see and beat his former team in the World Series in 2021.
Last year, Red Sox outfielder Alex Verdugo went through something for the first time as a major leaguer in that he played for a team that failed to qualify for the postseason. Prior to getting traded to Boston last February, the 24-year-old had been a part of three straight National League West-clinching Dodgers teams from 2017-2019.
When the Dodgers finally ended their 32-year World Series drought this past fall while Verdugo was at home watching his former teammates celebrate that accomplishment. Here is what he said in a press conference just days away from their first Spring Training Game:
“I’m happy for the guys,” Verdugo said Thursday when speaking with reporters via Zoom. “It’s a bittersweet moment because at the same time, I want that ring. I want to be a champion, but I think things work out for reasons.”
“Coming over here and being with Boston and being with the staff and the teammates, and how I feel like I get along and jell with the guys, I think the fit here is better,” said Verdugo. “I think this is where I was supposed to be, and I think it’s going to make it even more special when we do get that ring and we win it here.”
“Now, it’s just hopefully we see them and we get to beat them and get a little satisfaction that way,” said Verdugo.
Red Sox last year went 24-36 which was Verdugo’s first season with the team. Over 53 games played last year, Verdugo slashed an impressive .308/.367/.478 to go along with six home runs, 16 doubles, and 15 RBI across 221 plate appearances.
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