UAAP: Boston fan coach Tab more worried about Ateneo than Red Sox

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 27, 2018 05:42 PM
Boston fan coach Tab more worried about Ateneo than Red Sox
Coach Tab will be cheering on the Red Sox as they take on the Dodgers in Game 4 of the World Series on Sunday (FILE PHOTO)

When Ateneo de Manila University began battling National University on Saturday, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Boston Red Sox were still in a deadlock long after the ninth inning in Game 3 of the 2018 MLB World Series.

Of course, Ateneo head coach Tab Baldwin was only focused on his collegiate squad even as Boston – the team he has been rooting all his life – was still playing in what proved to be the longest playoff game in MLB history. “I was preparing for this game,” he answered after being asked what he was doing right before tip-off.

And just as the Blue Eagles were finishing off a 15-point rout of the Bulldogs, the Dodgers finally edged out the Red Sox on the back of a Max Muncy home run at the bottom of the 18th inning.

Coach Tab did nothing but admit that checking up on the World Series was one of the first things he did as he returned to the dugout. “They lost. I saw the score,” he said.

Nonetheless, the 60-year-old mentor said that he isn’t sweating the fact that his beloved Red Sox were at the wrong end of history. As he put it, “It’s a seven-game series. They’re up 2-1 now so Sox are in good shape.”

And so, Coach Tab reiterated that all his focus is on Ateneo. “I’m more worried about our team. That’s what I’m here for today,” he said, always one to look for improvements even though they have just become first team into the Final Four.

For tomorrow, though, when the Blue Eagles get a one-day break, it won’t be blue and white he would be cheering for. “Tomorrow, I’ll be cheering on the Sox,” he expressed.

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