Boston Red Sox reliever Tanner Houck received a ton of criticism from reporters and fans alike on Tuesday night following the team’s bullpen blowing a lead against the Toronto Blue Jays.
One problem: Houck wasn’t with the Red Sox. According to multiple reports, Houck was among the Red Sox players who are unvaccinated against the coronavirus and couldn’t enter Toronto.
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Boston starter Michael Wacha allowed three runs in the first inning and four runs over five innings. The Red Sox had a one-run lead until Toronto scored two in the ninth inning to win the game.
In his third season, Houck has a 3.42 ERA in 22 appearances with six saves and 47 strikeouts.
But it was his unavailability in the wake of the blown save and the loss that roiled fans and media.
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Houck told the Boston Globe in April he wasn’t vaccinated against the coronavirus.
“I think it’s a personal choice for everyone whether they get it or not. So, that’s all I really got to say on it,” he said at the time.
He also said, “I’ll do whatever I need to help us win.”
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Boston, which made it to the American League Championship Series last season, fell to 42-33 on the season. Toronto improved to 42-33 on the year.