Andrew Velazquez compared beating the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium in his dreams and in real life.
“In real life, it was way better,” the Fordham Prep graduate said in the postgame press conference after the Yankees completed a three-game sweep of the Boston Red Sox with a 5-2 victory Wednesday night.
Velazquez, who attended St. Francis Xavier School in the Bronx, was presented by his teammates the team’s championship belt for his efforts in Wednesday’s game, which included a pair of RBI singles and a defensive gem to end the game at shortstop.
Known for his speed and defense, Velazquez is hitting .217 with a double, stolen base, three runs scored and four RBI since joining the Yankees Aug. 9 when Gleyber Torres was placed on the 10-day injured list. All four RBI and a number of defensive gems came against the Red Sox in his first games as a Yankee in the Bronx.
“It’s what you dream about,” said Velazquez, who is staying with his parents in the Bronx during the homestand. “You come here, you want to be a part of something, so not only doing good on the field, but gaining respect of the guys in the locker room.”
The Yankees begin a four-game series Thursday night with the Minnesota Twins in the Bronx.
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