When Major League Baseball sends out their investigation into whether the 2018 Red Sox cheated to win their World Series Title like the 2017 Houston Astros — Steve Pearce won’t be around to feel the backlash if anything comes of it.
The former World Series MVP ripped the MLB’s investigation into allegations that the Red Sox illegally stole signs.
“That’s such a joke to us,” Pearce told WEEI radio on Tuesday. When it came out we were all kind of joking about it. We just want this to pass us. We won it fair and square. Whatever they accused us of, we were all kind of like, ‘I can’t believe this is even an issue.’ Once the report comes out we’re all going to be free.”
What makes this interview even crazier is that Pearce would go on to announce his retirement after a 10-year career in which he played for seven teams.
The 37-year-old was traded midseason in 2018 from the Blue Jays to the Red Sox and came thru in the clutch as he hit three home runs while driving in eight in Boston’s World Series victory over the Dodgers.
Commissioner Rob Manfred previously said he would reveal the results of his findings when the season can resume safely because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Alex Cora, who was a bench coach with the Astros in 2017 and managed the Red Sox to the World Series title in 2018, agreed to mutually parted ways with the Boston organization on Jan. 14.
“You don’t like it, especially that we were the champions and individually I have that award,” Pearce said. “And we have this floating over our head when we just had such an unbelievable season. We had the perfect team and great camaraderie with everybody and then this gets thrown out here,” Pearce said. “We’re just like, ‘What the heck?’ … We just want this to pass us. We just want to play some baseball. Another bump in the road, I guess.”