Red Sox treat Christian Vázquez, pull him from reporters mid-interview
“It’s a company.”
Christian Vázquez discovered he was traded by the Red Sox shortly before a game against the Astros on Monday.
His destination? The Astros.
ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported for the first time the deal, noting that Vázquez could just walk across the room and join his new teammates.
Journalists in Houston caught up with Vázquez, who seemed to fight his emotions. One of them asked if the news was real.
“I think so,” Vázquez said.
Another asked what he thought of the deal.
“It’s a business,” Vázquez managed.
At that point, what appears to be a Red Sox public relations executive put a hand on Vázquez’s shoulder and pulled him away from the scrum.
In March, Vázquez told reporters he wanted to play his entire career with the Red Sox after being drafted in 2008.
“I feel like this is my home,” he said at the time. “Fifteen years here. So I would like to retire here. But if they don’t want it, they don’t want it. It’s business. It’s part of the business. So let’s see what happens.
Recently, Vázquez told reporters that he was trying to dampen the noise as the August 2 trade deadline approaches and that he believes in this Red Sox team.
“We are here fighting together as a family,” Vázquez said. “And we will continue that. See what happens in the next few days, but we’re still here in this uniform and hopefully we can stay here.
The Red Sox play the Astros at 8:10 p.m. EST. on ESPN.
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