Michael Chavis

Red Sox' Michael Chavis reflects on hectic MLB call-up on anniversary

Red Sox' Michael Chavis reflects on hectic MLB call-up on anniversary

One year ago today, Michael Chavis got the call to The Show.

The Boston Red Sox were in the middle of a three-game series vs. the Rays in Tampa Bay when Chavis was promoted to the big league roster on April 19, 2019. Needless to say, it was a day Chavis won't ever forget -- not only because it marked his first day as a major leaguer, but also because of all that transpired on his way to Tropicana Field.

Chavis reminisced about his MLB call-up with a pair of tweets detailing just how hectic of a day it was.


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In his MLB debut the following day, Chavis ripped a clutch pinch-hit double.

The 24-year-old went on to hit .254 with 18 home runs and 58 RBI in 95 games.

If and when the 2020 season finally gets underway, Chavis will have a significant role with the Red Sox, presumably splitting time between first and second base. He'll also look to add some pop in the lineup behind teammates Rafael Devers, J.D. Martinez, and Xander Bogaerts.

Watch Red Sox' Michael Chavis stay in shape by destroying a Wiffle ball

Watch Red Sox' Michael Chavis stay in shape by destroying a Wiffle ball

Miss baseball? So does Michael Chavis.

But the Red Sox infielder is still getting his swings in while staying home.

He's not missing many Wiffle balls. Take a look: 

Chavis sends one over the Green Monster (a.k.a. hedges) and what, in his neighborhood, passes for Landsdowne Street onto the opposite sidewalk. 

With even the Red Sox logo maintaining its social distance (see below), let's hope Chavis stays six feet away from passers-by as he retrieves his blast.

The 24-year-old was hoping to be in Toronto with his teammates for Opening Day on Thursday, but that's not going to happen with Major League Baseball, like the rest of the sports world, on hold due to the coronavirus crisis.

Chavis is slated to be the Red Sox second baseman after his solid rookie season (.254, 18 homers, 58 RBI, .766 OPS) in 2019 was cut short by injuries. 

Michael Chavis tells story of mom yanking him off the field for throwing his helmet

Michael Chavis tells story of mom yanking him off the field for throwing his helmet

When watching Michael Chavis play baseball, his child-like enthusiasm for the game is evident.

The Boston Red Sox infielder has a love for the sport that's emphasized by his demeanor on the field and his exuberance during interviews. It was on display again in Friday's spring training game during vs. the Atlanta Braves.

Chavis was mic'd up during ESPN's broadcast and told a hilarious story about how his mom taught him to keep a positive attitude while playing baseball. She once told Chavis she would yank him off the field if he ever threw his helmet in frustration, and she followed through with that promise.

"You know, I've always enjoyed playing baseball, but I think one thing that helped me was when I was a kid, my mom said if I ever threw my helmet or anything like that, that she'd yank me off the field," Chavis said. "And I did it one time, and she sure did. She yanked me off the field and I didn't play the rest of the day. We went home and I was so embarrassed in front of my friends that I was like, I gotta be happy or she's going to make me go home.

"Shoutout to mom for making me love baseball, I guess, I don't know. But I do enjoy playing it. It's my favorite thing to do."

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Sounds like Chavis' mom taught him an important lesson.

After the game, he summed it up with a perfect tweet:

Chavis will be a key part of the Red Sox lineup in 2020 as he looks to build off his solid rookie campaign. The 24-year-old hit .254 with 18 home runs and 58 RBI in 95 games.