It was the center of the pandemic, the Boston Red Sox stunk, and with main league ballparks empty in 2020, they couldn’t even depend on the gang to get them going. During one particularly humdrum highway recreation on the Rays’ Tropicana Field, coach Jason Varitek urged they wanted to put some enjoyable again into the sport.

Plawecki mentioned he had no regrets about giving up his cart-driving duties. After all, the best way the Red Sox are going, he wants to save his power: Boston hit two homers in an AL wild-card victory over the rival Yankees and 9 extra within the four-game Division Series win over Tampa Bay — a franchise postseason file 5 of them in Game 2 alone.

“They kept me very, very busy,” Iglesias mentioned. “And I hope I get busier over the course of the playoffs.”