We are now nearly three weeks removed from the World Series. In the modern media climate, two weeks is an eternity, but that will not keep me from addressing a hidden subplot from this year’s Fall Classic. Steve Pearce has become the Forrest Gump of the American League East. Forrest had a knack for finding his way to historical events and being around different United States presidents. Take a look at Steve Pearce. He has the same knack but in terms of the AL East.
First off, this guy has played for all five teams in the afore-mentioned division. OK, big deal. Eric Hinske probably did too (I do not feel like looking up whether he actually did or did not), and nobody outside of his family really cares about his baseball career. Well, Pearce is a different story. He is an ex-Yankee who won the World Series MVP for the Red Sox. Now, some of you might be thinking, “Yeah, but he was on the Yankees for all of a half-hour in 2012”. True, I do not know if he ever did anything that memorable as a Yankee. However, he is quite responsible for one of the most celebrated moments in recent Yankees history.
In 2014, Steve Pearce – then an Oriole – hit the game-tying homerun in the Top of the 9th Inning of Derek Jeter’s last game at Yankee Stadium. Do you remember having that feeling, “Oh my God, the Orioles just gave up a 3-run lead in the 9th so that Derek Jeter can bat in the Bottom of the 9th.” I remember having that feeling. I remember the Bottom of the 9th feeling scripted. I remember feeling goosebumps and actually feeling slightly happy when Jeter drove in the winning run. None of that would have happened if it were not for ex-Yankee, future-World Series MVP for Boston, and then-Oriole Steve Pearce.
We will save his big moments as a Ray and as a Blue Jay for another day, a day when there are literally zero remaining topics on Earth for me to cover. For now though, remember that Steve Pearce is the Forrest Gump of the AL East.