They call him “Late Lightning” and Steve Pearce struck early Sunday night.
His two-run first inning homer off Clayton Kershaw put the Red Sox ahead to stay in their World Series clincher over the Dodgers. Later he would join Carl Yastrzemski as the only Sox players to hit three round trippers in a Fall Classic.
It’s been a long and winding road for the 35-year-old Pearce, who was acquired by Boston from Toronto on June 28 for minor league infielder Santiago Espinal. Ironically, both Pearce and Espinal have played for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. Pearce had a four-game rehab stint in 2017 for the NH Cats, while Espinal played 42 games this season for the Eastern League champions.
Pearce’s resume is unique. He grew up in Florida as a Red Sox fan. His father is from Rehoboth, Mass. He has played for all five American League East Division teams and is one of just three players to hit two walk off grand slam home runs in the same season – and he did it in a four-game span a year ago.
Now he can add World Series MVP to that resume.
Get the Duck Boats ready. The Mighty Machado has struck out!