During a postgame interview on Sunday, Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts made some potentially telling comments as the team heads into the home stretch of the 2022 season.
Stuck in last place, Boston has several more weeks to try to finish at least above .500 on the year (the team is currently 69-72).
For Bogaerts, 29, the final days of the season could also be his last with the Red Sox. The four-time All-Star can opt out of his contract and become an unrestricted free agent this winter.
” I can not lie. Right now I’m extremely focused,” Bogaerts said. “Right now we have 21 games left, or whatever the schedule says. I’m just extremely focused, one pitch at a time, trying to swing the strikes.
“I know the finish line is approaching and obviously things could get a little emotional,” added Bogaerts. “I’m just trying to enjoy the moment. Like I said, I feel like I really need to be locked up, really need to be focused. I’m not saying just to get hits, but to focus. I have to be on the point that I feel if I want to perform well with everything that is going on.
Red Sox radio commentator Joe Castiglione chimed in to say he “hopes” Bogaerts would be with the team for a “long time”.
“Yes, I do,” Bogaerts quickly replied. “We’ll see what happens.”
Asked if he was referring to the potential final weeks in Boston before an offseason departure, Bogaerts said he still wasn’t sure.
“I don’t mean that, but who knows what’s going on,” he replied. “I just want to make the most of these 20 games. Like I said, I just need to be very focused and hopefully I’ll be here for a very, very long time. But I guess it’s not is not under my control.
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