The Boston Red Sox bludgeoned the Houston Astros on Monday night, winning Game 3 12-3 to take a 2-1 series lead in the ALCS. Eduardo Rodriguez was dialed in on the mound for the Sox.
Rodriguez put in six innings, allowing three earned runs and five hits, while striking out seven to earn the win. For the final out of his evening, he got Carlos Correa to ground out, and followed it up by mimicking Correa’s “watch” celebration, pointing to his wrist to indicate that it’s “his time.”
Correa did the same in Game 1, in one of the more drawn out home run celebrations you’ll ever see, after he put the Astros up in that one. After the game, he was asked about Rodriguez taunting him, and he says he’s all for it.
“He did my celebration. I thought it was kind of cool,” he said, according to FOX Sports. “It’s just the way baseball should trend going forward. We talk about making baseball fun.
“He did my celebration. I thought it was kind of cool. It’s just the way baseball should trend… I loved it personally.”
Carlos Correa on Eduardo Rodriguez mocking his wrist celebration.
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” We talk about baseball growing and more people watching the sport — you do things like that, you need to let the players have fun. I loved it personally,” Correa continued.
“I think the game should move in that direction, where you can show emotions and be yourself and can keep it real. I know in the media, you ask me questions, I keep it real all the time and I say how it is. There’s a lot of fakeness out there and the cliché answers that you get. I feel like players should be more real. I feel players should be able to express themselves and have fun. I loved every single bit of it.”
Correa also praised Eduardo Rodriguez for how he pitched on Monday night. Via NESN:
“He pitched a great game. He threw six innings, struck out seven. I mean, he was nasty. His fastball coming out was great. Whenever you have a great performance like that, against the No. 1 offensive team in the whole season, you can do whatever you want. And you should have fun with it.”
Game 4 of Astros-Red Sox takes place tonight at Fenway Park. First pitch is scheduled for 8:08 p.m. ET.