* 2021 Red Sox Season Recap + 2022 MLB Season Lockout

The 2022 MLB season has been delayed due to the lockout. I had not written my 2021 Red Sox season recap. One of these things I can control.

So here’s my recap. The 2021 Red Sox season was a blast! Such a likable bunch of players, both pitchers (e.g. Garrett Whitlock, Garrett Whitlock, Nathan Eovaldi, E-Rod, Nick Pivetta, Tanner Houck) and position players (e.g. Rafael Devers, J.D. Martinez, Alex Verdugo, Xander Bogaerts, Hunter Renfroe, Christian Vázquez, Kike Hernandez, Bobby Dalbec, Christian Arroyo). There were at least a have dozen exciting games each month. Yes, there were COVID issues and losing streaks. But glass half full.

My personal favorite game was ALCS Game 3 (https://www.mlb.com/gameday/660928), a 13-inning 6-4 thriller, which I attended with my stepson, Freddy.

Also we watched Dustin Pedroia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dustin_Pedroia) retire (in June) and mourned the death of Jerry Remy (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerry_Remy) (in October).

Oddly, MLB does not have embeddable YouTube videos for all these games. Maybe some were so late that they ran past the bedtime of the MLB interns who put together these videos? Who knows.

JUNE:

* Red Sox 12, Astros 8: An Absolutely Wild Win (2021-06-10)
https://www.overthemonster.com/2021/6/10/22528868/boston-red-sox-houston-astros-chrisitan-arroyo-xander-bogaerts-christian-vazquez-eduardo-rodriguez
https://www.houstonchronicle.com/texas-sports-nation/astros/article/Astros-fall-to-Red-Sox-in-game-filled-with-16240382.php
https://nesn.com/2021/06/these-numbers-show-how-wild-red-soxs-win-vs-astros-was-thursday/

* Red Sox 10, Braves 8: Christian Arroyo Plays Hero, Again (2021-06-16)
https://www.overthemonster.com/2021/6/16/22537807/boston-red-sox-atlanta-braves-christian-arroyo-bogaerts-richards-martinez-freeman

* Franco HR, Double In Debut, But Rays Lose To Red Sox In 11th (2021-06-22)
https://sports.yahoo.com/franco-hr-double-debut-rays-035452894.html

* Red Sox hammer Cole, rout Yanks 9-2 for another 3-game sweep (2021-06-27)
https://sports.yahoo.com/red-sox-hammer-cole-rout-204332610.html
https://www.mlb.com/redsox/news/red-sox-sweep-yankees-for-second-time-in-a-month

* Renfroe Homers Twice, Red Sox Rally To Beat Royals 6-5 (2021-06-28)
https://sports.yahoo.com/renfroe-homers-twice-red-sox-022355087.html
https://www.overthemonster.com/2021/6/28/22554984/boston-red-sox-kansas-city-royals-hunter-renfroe-garrett-richards-enrique-hernandez-bobby-dalbec
(no video)

JULY:

* Red Sox 15, Royals 1: The brooms are getting worn out (2021-07-01)
https://www.overthemonster.com/2021/7/1/22559540/boston-red-sox-kansas-city-royals-rafael-devers-jd-martinez-nathan-eovaldi-enrique-hernandez
https://www.bostonglobe.com/2021/07/01/sports/red-sox-romp-seventh-straight-win-with-15-1-royal-beating/
(no video)

* Nick Pivetta strikes out 10, pitches Red Sox past A’s 1-0 (2021-07-04)
https://apnews.com/article/oakland-athletics-boston-red-sox-nick-pivetta-mlb-baseball-68fdc7452e80c33bca45d476e7952e45
https://www.mlb.com/redsox/news/nick-pivetta-strikes-out-10-red-sox-beat-athletics
https://www.overthemonster.com/2021/7/4/22563356/boston-red-sox-oakland-athletics-nick-pivetta-garrett-whitlock-matt-barnes-alex-verdugo

* Red Sox Tie Game In 9th Before Rival Yankees Uncork 4 Wild Pitches In 10th (2021-07-23)
https://www.mlb.com/redsox/news/four-wild-pitches-help-red-sox-to-walk-off-win
https://www.overthemonster.com/2021/7/23/22589672/boston-red-sox-new-york-yankees-enrique-hernandez-alex-verdugo-bobby-dalbec-brooks-kriske

* Devers Hits HRs No. 99, 100 To Torment Yanks (2021-07-24)
https://www.mlb.com/redsox/news/rafael-devers-hits-home-runs-no-99-100-vs-yankees

* Boston Massacre: Five-Run Red Sox Rally Dashes Yankees’ Hope Of No-Hitter, And Series Split (2021-07-25)
https://nesn.com/2021/07/red-sox-notes-what-makes-bostons-win-vs-yankees-comeback-of-year/
https://www.overthemonster.com/2021/7/25/22593259/boston-red-sox-new-york-yankees-enrique-hernandez-domingo-german-alex-verdugo-martin-perez
https://www.amny.com/news/boston-massacre-five-run-red-sox-rally-dashes-yankees-hope-of-no-hitter-and-series-win/

* Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 4: You get a comeback victory, and you get a comeback victory (2021-07-26)
https://www.overthemonster.com/2021/7/26/22595267/boston-red-sox-toronto-blue-jays-alex-verdugo-rafael-devers-nick-pivetta-phillips-valdez

AUGUST:

* Red Sox 20, Rays 8: Is 20 Runs In One Game Good? (2021-08-11)
https://www.overthemonster.com/2021/8/11/22621082/boston-red-sox-tampa-bay-rays-jd-martinez-nathan-eovaldi-enrique-hernandez-bobby-dalbec

* Chris Sale Makes A Magical Return And Red Sox Suddenly Have Hope (2021-08-14)
https://www.nbcboston.com/news/sports/nbcsports/chris-sale-makes-a-magical-return-and-red-sox-suddenly-have-hope/2467088/
https://www.overthemonster.com/2021/8/14/22625160/boston-red-sox-baltimore-orioles-chris-sale
https://sports.yahoo.com/chris-sale-emotional-reaction-long-004257856.html

* Red Sox 6, Orioles 2: The Most Needed Of Sweeps (2021-08-15)
https://www.overthemonster.com/2021/8/15/22626134/boston-red-sox-baltimore-orioles-sweep-eduardo-rodriguez-garrett-whitlock-jd-martinez-schwarber
(no video)

* Welcome Back Travis! Shaw Slams Walk-Off (2021-08-23)
https://www.mlb.com/redsox/news/travis-shaw-hits-walk-off-grand-slam-for-red-sox
https://www.overthemonster.com/2021/8/23/22638241/boston-red-sox-texas-rangers-matt-barnes-garrett-whitlock-nathan-eovaldi-alex-verdugo-renfroe

* Red Sox 11, Twins 9: A Wild Two-Game Win Streak (2021-08-25)
https://www.overthemonster.com/2021/8/25/22640584/boston-red-sox-minnesota-twins-score-matt-barnes-hunter-renfroe-travis-shaw-hansel-robles

* Immaculate Sale Backed By Dalbec’s 7 RBIs (2021-08-27)
https://www.mlb.com/redsox/news/chris-sale-dominant-bobby-dalbec-homers-lead-red-sox

SEPTEMBER:

* Red Sox 4, Cleveland 3: Walking It Off For Four Straight (2021-09-04)
https://www.overthemonster.com/2021/9/4/22657547/boston-red-sox-cleveland-score-rafael-devers-alex-verdugo-tanner-houck-phillips-valdez

* Renfroe Powers Win With Late-Inning Magic (Plus Throw Of The Year) (2021-09-09)
https://www.mlb.com/redsox/news/hunter-renfroe-powers-red-sox-to-win-over-rays
https://www.overthemonster.com/2021/9/8/22663815/boston-red-sox-tampa-bay-rays-score-hunter-renfroe-nathan-eovaldi-shane-mcclanahan
https://sports.yahoo.com/red-sox-of-hunter-renfroe-throw-of-the-year-rays-mlb-022729017.html

* Red Sox 9, White Sox 8: Travis Shaw Puts The Sox On His Back (2021-09-11)
https://www.overthemonster.com/2021/9/11/22669321/boston-red-sox-chicago-white-sox-score-travis-shaw-connor-seabold-christian-vazquez-verdugo-whitlock
(no video)

* Red Sox Maintain WC Spot With Extras Win (2021-09-15)
https://www.mlb.com/redsox/news/red-sox-maintain-wild-card-push-with-win-over-mariners
https://www.overthemonster.com/2021/9/15/22676512/boston-red-sox-seattle-mariners-hunter-renfroe-tanner-houck-jose-iglesias
(no video)

* Red Sox 8, Orioles 6: We love a sweep, don’t we folks (2021-09-19)
https://www.overthemonster.com/2021/9/19/22682743/boston-red-sox-baltimore-orioles-score-nathan-eovaldi-garrett-whitlock-injury-jd-martinez-hernandez

* Red Sox 12, Mets 5: The Kyle Schwarber Show! (2021-09-22)
https://www.overthemonster.com/2021/9/22/22689034/boston-red-sox-new-york-mets-score-kyle-schwarber-chris-sale-jose-iglesias-hunter-renfroe

OCTOBER:

* Red Sox 4, Nationals 2: One Down, Two To Go (2021-10-01)
https://www.overthemonster.com/2021/10/1/22705207/boston-red-sox-washington-nationals-score-eduardo-rodriguez-hunter-renfroe-bobby-dalbec
https://sports.yahoo.com/watch-kike-hernandez-makes-remarkable-013805940.html
(no video)

* Red Sox 5, Nationals 3: Big Hit Vázquez (2021-10-02)
https://www.mlb.com/nationals/video/tanner-houck-k-s-eight?t=carry-the-freight
https://www.overthemonster.com/2021/10/2/22706405/boston-red-sox-washington-nationals-score-christian-vazquez-enrique-hernandez-hansel-robles

* Red Sox 7, Nationals 5: Rafael Devers Sends The Sox To The Postseason (2021-10-03)
https://www.overthemonster.com/2021/10/3/22707741/boston-red-sox-washington-nationals-score-rafael-devers-al-wildcard-chris-sale-whitlock-rodriguez
https://sports.yahoo.com/alex-verdugos-game-tying-double-220954392.html
https://www.overthemonster.com/2021/10/4/22708090/boston-red-sox-2021-wildcard-berth-new-york-yankees

WILD CARD GAME:

* Red Sox Best Gerrit Cole, Oust Yankees In AL Wild-Card Game (2021-10-05)
https://sports.yahoo.com/red-sox-best-gerrit-cole-oust-yankees-in-al-wild-card-game-032713237.html
https://sports.yahoo.com/giancarlo-stanton-standing-second-screaming-034123369.html
https://www.overthemonster.com/2021/10/6/22712136/american-league-wildcard-game-recap-boston-red-sox-new-york-yankees-nathan-eovaldi-bogaerts-verdugo
https://www.overthemonster.com/2021/10/6/22712454/american-league-wildcard-game-boston-red-sox-nathan-eovaldi-new-york-yankees-gerrit-cole

ALDS:

* Overmatched Red Sox Get Reality Check From Buzz-Saw Rays In ALDS Game 1 (2021-10-07)
https://bleacherreport.com/articles/10014296-overmatched-red-sox-get-reality-check-from-buzzsaw-rays-in-alds-game-1
https://www.overthemonster.com/2021/10/8/22715932/alds-game-one-boston-red-sox-tampa-bay-rays-recap-randy-arozarena-eduardo-rodriguez

* Scattered Thoughts after a Game Two win (2021-10-08)
https://www.mlb.com/redsox/news/tanner-houck-retires-30-straight-over-4-games
https://www.overthemonster.com/2021/10/9/22717572/boston-red-sox-tampa-bay-rays-game-two-alds-tanner-houck-enrique-hernandez-chris-sale
(no video)

* Christian Vazquez Hits Walk-Off Home Run For Red Sox In Game 3 Of ALDS (2021-10-10)
For me, the 2021 Red Sox ALDS Game 3 was the best game of the postseason, in part because I was there with my stepson Freddy!
https://sports.yahoo.com/watch-christian-vazquez-hits-walk-013521529.html
https://nesn.com/2021/10/kyle-schwarber-details-importance-of-making-fun-of-yourself-after-error/
https://www.overthemonster.com/2021/10/10/22719803/boston-red-sox-tampa-bay-rays-score-christian-vazquez-nick-pivetta-enrique-hernandez-nathan-eovaldi
https://sports.yahoo.com/hunter-renfroe-saved-run-red-020311049.html
https://www.overthemonster.com/2021/10/11/22720472/alds-game-three-boston-red-sox-tampa-bay-rays-christian-vazquez-nick-pivetta-enrique-hernandez
https://sports.yahoo.com/kyle-schwarbers-celebration-proof-hes-142859592.html

* Hernández Walks Off Underdog Sox To ALCS (2021-10-11)
https://www.mlb.com/redsox/news/eduardo-rodriguez-austin-meadows-17-pitch-at-bat-new-playoff-record
https://www.mlb.com/redsox/news/red-sox-win-alds-2021
https://www.overthemonster.com/2021/10/11/22721778/boston-red-sox-tampa-bay-rays-alds-enrique-hernandez-eduardo-rodriguez-rafael-devers
https://nesn.com/2021/10/red-sox-notes-old-school-baseball-key-to-alds-victory-over-rays/
https://www.overthemonster.com/2021/10/12/22721965/boston-red-sox-tampa-bay-rays-alds-game-four-enrique-hernandez-eduardo-rodriguez-rafael-devers
https://survivinggrady.com/2021/10/red-sox-done-it-again.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+SurvivingGrady+%28Surviving+Grady%29
https://www.si.com/mlb/2021/10/12/alds-game-4-red-sox-small-ball-rally-kike-hernandez
https://www.overthemonster.com/2021/10/14/22725054/alcs-boston-red-sox-houston-astros-the-rise-of-the-vibes-sox

ALCS:

* Scattered Thoughts After A Game One Loss (2021-10-15)
https://sports.yahoo.com/kik-hernandez-sets-mlb-postseason-023925251.html
https://www.overthemonster.com/2021/10/16/22729523/boston-red-sox-houston-astros-game-one-alcs-alex-cora-chris-sale-enrique-hernandez-sawamura

* Red Sox Hit Pair Of Grand Slams In First 2 Innings Of Dominant ALCS Game 2 Win Over Astros (2021-10-16)
https://sports.yahoo.com/boston-red-sox-hit-pair-of-grand-slams-in-first-2-innings-of-alcs-game-2-houston-astros-213542704.html
https://www.mlb.com/redsox/news/facts-and-figures-from-red-sox-s-alcs-game-2-win-over-astros
https://www.overthemonster.com/2021/10/16/22730335/alcs-game-two-score-boston-red-sox-houston-astros-jd-martinez-rafael-devers-nathan-eovaldi
https://www.overthemonster.com/2021/10/18/22732066/boston-red-sox-houston-astros-game-two-alcs-game-three-eduardo-rodriguez-jose-urqidy-hernandez

* Red Sox 12, Astros 3: The Offense Stays Hot In Return To Fenway (2021-10-18)
https://www.overthemonster.com/2021/10/18/22733796/boston-red-sox-houston-astros-alcs-game-three-eduardo-rodriguez-kyle-schwarber-jd-martinez-arroyo
https://www.overthemonster.com/2021/10/19/22734025/boston-red-sox-houston-astros-game-three-recap-rodriguez-schwarber-martinez-arroyo-correa-cora

* Red Sox 2, Astros 9: This Series Was Never Going To Be Easy (2021-10-19)
https://www.overthemonster.com/2021/10/20/22735819/boston-red-sox-houston-astros-alcs-game-four-jose-altuve-jason-castro-nathan-eovaldi-xander-bogaerts
https://www.overthemonster.com/2021/10/20/22735998/alcs-game-four-recap-boston-red-sox-houston-astros-martin-perez-nick-pivetta-nathan-eovaldi-cora

* Red Sox 1, Astros 9: Sometimes You Just Get Beat (2021-10-20)
https://www.overthemonster.com/2021/10/20/22737440/boston-red-sox-houston-astros-alcs-game-five-chris-sale-framber-valdez-yordan-alvarez
https://www.overthemonster.com/2021/10/21/22737642/boston-red-sox-houston-astros-game-five-alcs-recap-framber-valdez-chris-sale-yordan-alvarez

* Dominant Astros March Into The World Series As Perfect MLB Villains (2021-10-22)
https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2949684-dominant-astros-march-into-the-world-series-as-perfect-mlb-villains
https://www.overthemonster.com/2021/10/22/22741354/boston-red-sox-houston-astros-alcs-game-six-nathan-eovaldi-luis-garcia-yordan-alvarez-alex-cora
https://www.overthemonster.com/2021/10/23/22741528/boston-red-sox-houston-astros-alcs-game-six-nathan-eovaldi-alex-cora-danny-santana-yordan-alvarez

WORLD SERIES:

* The Braves Win The World Series (2021-11-03)
Formerly the Boston Braves, ranked 11th with 90 wins, now World Series champs. Congrats Braves!
https://www.overthemonster.com/2021/11/3/22760637/atlanta-braves-world-series-champions-jorge-soler-max-fried-kole-cottam
https://www.mlb.com/standings/mlb/2021

OFFSEASON:

* David Ortiz Elected Into The Hall Of Fame On His First Ballot (2022-01-25)
https://www.overthemonster.com/2022/1/25/22901463/baseball-hall-of-fame-voting-results-2022-david-ortiz-curt-schilling-barry-bonds-roger-clemens
https://www.wbaltv.com/article/david-ortiz-baseball-hall-of-fame-2022/38889571
https://sports.yahoo.com/big-papi-elected-baseball-hall-234114955.html
https://nesn.com/2022/01/red-sox-legend-david-ortiz-voted-into-hall-of-fame-in-first-year-of-eligibility/
https://www.sportingnews.com/us/mlb/news/david-ortiz-baseball-hall-of-fame-red-sox-priceless/eqsyuevwzms7197gryrton8vv
http://joyofsox.blogspot.com/2022/01/david-ortiz-is-first-ballot-hall-of.html
https://www.overthemonster.com/2022/1/26/22901873/david-ortiz-hall-of-fame-2022
https://bosoxinjection.com/2022/01/27/ten-moments-david-ortizs-red-sox-career/2/

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