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#pounditMonday, January 24, 2022

Xander Bogaerts: Red Sox ‘deserved’ opportunity to celebrate with Yanks’ song

The Boston Red Sox were not exactly humble after defeating the New York Yankees in Game 4 of the ALDS on Tuesday night, but shortstop Xander Bogaerts feels his team earned the opportunity to celebrate the way it did.

Just 19 days after they celebrated their AL East-clinching win in The Bronx, the Red Sox were once again spraying champagne all over the clubhouse of Yankee Stadium. This time, their choice in celebration music included “New York, New York,” which is the song the Yankees play after home wins.

Some saw that as a sign of disrespect, but Bogaerts says the Red Sox “deserved” it.

If you don’t know the backstory, you might be more inclined to think playing that particular song was a classless move from the Yankees’ most hated rivals. However, Aaron Judge seemingly fired the first shot when he played the same song while walking by the home team’s clubhouse at Fenway Park following his team’s win in Game 2. Bogaerts was likely referring to the way the Red Sox played in New York when he said they deserved to be able to celebrate like that, but Judge’s troll job from over the weekend almost certainly was a factor.


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