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Red Sox’s Nathan Eovaldi admits he doesn’t like Astros ahead of ALCS


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“I don’t hate any team, but they’re not at the top of my list.”

Nathan Eovaldi. (AP Photo / Charles Krupa)

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Red Sox ace Nathan Eovaldi certainly hasn’t forgotten Houston Astros third goalie Alex Bregman, who dragged him on social media ahead of a playoff game a few years ago.

And while he didn’t say it in so many words when asked about this incident on WEEI’s The Greg Hill Show on Wednesday morning, it seems like many fans and crews from Major League Baseball doesn’t like the Astros – the team he and the Red Sox are about to fight for a chance at the World Series.

“Yeah, they tend to rub guys the wrong way,” he said. “I don’t necessarily hate a team, but they’re not at the top of my list.”

The Astros, of course, don’t feature high on many people’s list of most respected MLB teams after their 2017 sign-stealing scandal was announced (in which current Red Sox manager Alex Cora , was involved).

League fans have relentlessly booed Houston players, especially stars like Bregman and Jose Altuve, in road games this year for their part in the cheating operation, which took place the year Houston won the World Series.

Then, in 2018, Bregman swept Eovaldi on Instagram before the Astros and Red Sox meet in the 2018 ALCS by posting a video of Eovaldi dropping three straight homers to Houston earlier this season while Eovaldi was still a member of the Tampa Bay Rays.

Ken Curtis, co-host of The Greg Hill Show, asked Eovaldi, who is a candidate to start Game 1 of the 2021 ALCS, if he had a particular dislike of the Astros three years after Bregman dissented.

The Sox starter took to the highways, but he also pointed to the scoreboard while doing so – the Red Sox won that series en route to the team’s final World Series title.

“It happened. I gave three back-to-back home runs,” he said. “But we managed to take the lead in this series and I hope we will do it again this time.”

Eovaldi also got the upper hand over Bregman personally this series, hitting him with a 102mph fastball that prompted then-Sox teammate David Price to back down the Astros star by saying, “Post this! “

The Red Sox and Eovaldi will have another shot at knocking out the favorite Astros en route to another World Series spot starting Friday.