The Red Sox’s Xander Bogaerts reacts following hitting
a two-run homer against the Athletics in the ninth inning of Friday.
OAKLAND, Calif. — Xander Bogaerts didn’t just break records
but also set the Red Sox franchise record Friday for the most of the games performed (1,094) in shortstop.
He also celebrated the occasion with an RBI double and a homer.
“On an individual scale, it’s a bit crazy,” Bogaerts said.
“I’m extremely blessed to be part of this conversation.
I could never have imagined or anticipated any of this when I first made my debut
and even before I first signed up here.
It’s been an extremely long journey but I’ve had a lot of joyful moments are certain.”
Bogaerts passed Everett Scott for most games played at shortstop.
He’ll set a new record on Saturday,
when he will pass Scott in the record for most shortstop starts (1,082) in the history of the franchise.
“We’ll look forward to the celebration on Monday
because tomorrow will be another important moment for the player,”
manager Alex Cora stated. “Just pleased for his achievements..
Simply showing up each day is a huge honor to us, and also is a huge blessing to his teammates.