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#pounditMonday, January 24, 2022

Xander Bogaerts under fire for no-showing charity event

Xander Bogaerts is not winning himself any fans in the state of New Jersey.

The Boston Red Sox shortstop was put on blast Thursday by a Luxe Autos dealership in Bayonne, New Jersey for supposedly no-showing a scheduled autograph signing over the weekend.

“There were over 200 people who appeared to this event, only to be left disappointed,” the dealership wrote in a press release, per Joshua Jongsma of NorthJersey.com. “There were fans who were lined up at the Luxe Autos entrance starting at 5:30 a.m., those traveling from near and far, including a few fans who came all the way from Boston, were left devastated.

“For one of the league’s ‘nicest’ players, it was a huge surprise to all that he singlehandedly let down all of his fans this Saturday,” they concluded

The release added that the event, a breakfast meet-and-greet which had been planned for three months, benefited Bogaert’s Dare to Dream Foundation, which supports youth baseball. Luxe Autos also said they attempted to reach Bogaerts in the days since for an explanation but did not receive a response.

Bogaerts, 25, is batting .276 with 13 home runs and 47 RBIs for the division-leading Red Sox this season. If he did indeed bail on the event, that’s probably even worse than the last time that he embarrassed himself.

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