Drew Pomeranz

How Red Sox fans used Venmo to troll Drew Pomeranz for his performance

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How Red Sox fans used Venmo to troll Drew Pomeranz for his performance

Drew Pomeranz wasn't exactly a fan favorite during his final season in Boston.

The left-hander, who came to the Red Sox via a trade with the San Diego Padres in 2016, struggled mightily in 2018 going 2-6 with a 6.08 ERA.

The transition from San Diego to Boston was a difficult one for Pomeranz, who was taken aback by just how brutal the rabid fanbase can be toward players who don't perform well. During a recent interview on the Section 10 Podcast, Pomeranz detailed the difficulty of that switch and mentioned how Red Sox fans reached out to him on Venmo (a mobile payment service) of all places to express their displeasure with his lackluster performance.

"It was crazy. It's a lot," Pomeranz told Section 10 host Jared Carrabis. "Like, you go from playing in San Diego where it's like a totally different world. I feel like most people would rather go to the beach sometimes than get on social media or come to the games.

"The craziest part was I had people finding me on Venmo, sending me money just to tell me that I sucked."

That sure is a wild way of receiving negative feedback, but Pomeranz has a sense of humor about it.

"They paid me like 50 cents and I thanked them for their money," he said.

Fortunately for the 30-year-old, he seemingly has revitalized his career as an effective arm out of the Milwaukee Brewers bullpen. After being dealt from the San Francisco Giants at the trade deadline, Pomeranz has posted a 2.35 ERA and 1.00 WHIP in 22 appearances with the Brew Crew, who are on the verge of earning a wild-card spot.

Ironically, the Red Sox probably could have used Pomeranz's production throughout what's been a nightmarish 2019 season for the pitching staff.

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Drew Pomeranz thanks Red Sox in heartfelt Instagram post

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Drew Pomeranz thanks Red Sox in heartfelt Instagram post

When Drew Pomeranz signed with the San Francisco Giants earlier this offseason, Red Sox fans likely weren't all that upset to see the left-hander go.

Pomeranz struggled mightily in 2018, posting a 2-6 record and 6.08 ERA in 26 appearances. A significant dropoff from his 2017 season, when the left-hander went 17-6 with a 3.32 ERA in 32 starts.

Regardless, Pomeranz exited Boston a World Series champion, and Tuesday he posted a message on Instagram that shows he's thankful for everything the Sox organization had to offer.

Pomeranz will look to have a bounce-back season in San Francisco. It won't be the 30-year-old's first rodeo in the National League West or in the Bay Area. Pomeranz began his career with three seasons in Colorado before spending two years in Oakland, and then one in San Diego before getting shipped to Boston.

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Report: Drew Pomeranz signs with Giants, ends underwhelming Red Sox tenure

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Report: Drew Pomeranz signs with Giants, ends underwhelming Red Sox tenure

The Drew Pomeranz Era in Boston is over.

The San Francisco Giants are signing the free-agent pitcher to a one-contract worth $1.5 million, The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal confirmed Wednedsay. KNBR's Larry Krueger was the first to report the signing.

Few expected Pomeranz to re-sign with the Boston Red Sox after his one-year, $8.5 million deal expired this offseason.

The 30-year-old left-hander enjoyed brief spurts of success with the Red Sox since joining the club via trade from the San Diego Padres at the 2016 MLB trade deadline. He posted a 17-6 record with a 3.32 ERA during the 2017 season while pitching a career-high 173 2/3 innings and at his best was a solid back-end starter for Boston.

Injuries and inconsistency plagued Pomeranz in 2018, however. He appeared in just 26 games while battling arm problems and put up an unseemly 6.08 ERA, resulting in his demotion to the bullpen. He also was left off the Red Sox's playoff roster, a sign that he wouldn't figure into manager Alex Cora's pitching plans in 2019.

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