BOSTON -- The raw enthusiasm of the introduction caught Michael Chavis by surprise, so he responded with a wave. One pitch later, both Chavis and the 5-year-old guest PA announcer who had just shouted his name really had something worth celebrating.
The fan's name was Jackson, and he announced Chavis with some serious exuberance in the fifth, beaming broadly and sporting a Red Sox cap.
"NOW BATTING! … SECOND BASEMAN! … NO. 23! … MICHAEL CHAVIS!"
Chavis pointed to the booth and then promptly destroyed a first-pitch cutter from Wade Miley over everything in left field to start the Red Sox on the road back from a 3-1 deficit in Sunday's 4-3 victory vs. the Astros.
"Screaming," said manager Alex Cora. "That was fun. That was cool. We need more of that. We need more. The fans love that stuff. It was cool."
Chavis loved it, too. He not only pointed to young Jackson from the box, he did so again after he crossed home plate following his eighth home run of the season.
"I didn't get a warning that it was going to happen, so I just heard a kid's voice and I'm sure on video you can see me look up because I was so surprised," Chavis said. "And then he kept talking, and I was impressed at how confident he was, because when I was a little kid, I would've been so nervous, I don't think I even would've done it. I was kind of laughing to myself, like good for that kid. Right before I got into the box, I felt like I should say good job."
Chavis felt even better after blasting Miley's offering 420 feet. He thought of the fan as he rounded the bases, and so he pointed again after crossing the plate and clapping.
"Honestly, it was cool," he said. "I don't know if I'm ever going to meet him, but it was a cool moment for sure. I got to see a little bit of a video of it and how it played out. It's something I'm going to remember, and hopefully he does as well."
As for any future at-bats, Chavis wouldn't mind hearing that enthusiastic little voice again.
"That kid might be lucky," he said. "We need to bring him back."
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