Xander Bogaerts Stuck Around After All-Star Game for Wholesome Reason

Larry Rupp
Xander Bogaerts stuck around after the MLB All-Star Game for a wholesome reason.
Xander Bogaerts stuck around after the MLB All-Star Game for a wholesome reason. / AP Photos/Frank Franklin II

The American League defeated the National League by a score of 3-2 on Tuesday night to earn its ninth-straight victory in the MLB All-Star Game. While many players left once their night was over, Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts made sure to stick around for a wholesome reason.

Xander Bogaerts MLB All-Star Game

Bogaerts replaced starting SS Tim Anderson in the bottom of the fourth inning and was lifted after the end of the sixth inning for Corey Seager. Instead of leaving Dodger Stadium, Bogaerts stayed on the bench to catch up with an old Red Sox teammate in Kansas City's Andrew Benintendi.

Benintendi spent the first five seasons of his MLB career in Boston and won a World Series ring with the team in 2018. In fact, a total of five players from that team were in LA as Mookie Betts, Rafael Devers and JD Martinez were also named All-Stars. It was quite the reunion for Red Sox fans.

It's worth noting that both Benintendi and Bogaerts find themselves in the middle of headlining stories right now, too. The Royals' star is coming up time and time again in trade conversations across the league and the Red Sox legend's future is up in the air due to a player opt-out option after 2022.

No matter what, seeing Bogaerts get to know the guys he is supposed to see as enemies on the diamond just goes to show what baseball means to him. Boston is 2.0 games back of an AL Wild Card spot and has odds set at +5000 to win the World Series, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

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