Andrew Benintendi was largely a beloved figure in Boston. Despite his struggles over the last year, there was an expectation among many in the fanbase that he would be able to bounce back and give us some solid value in the outfield, which would be sorely needed following the likely departure of Jackie Bradley Jr. in free agency.
For months, there were rumors. For a solid week or two it looked like a lock that he would be traded. Then the talks just kind of died, and it became accepted that the Red Sox would hold Benintendi into the season.
Then over the span of about an hour on Wednesday, Andrew Benintendi was traded to the Royals in a three-team deal that netted the Red Sox Franchy Cordero, Josh Winckowski, and three players to be named later (one from the Mets, and two from the Royals). It developed out of nowhere, and by the time we got our bearings, the package was known, at least to the extent that we know it now. A whirlwind day ended what was a whirlwind career in Boston for Benintendi. It was this same whirlwind day that ended the “Killer B’s” era in Boston, as Mookie Betts, Benintendi, and Jackie Bradley Jr. were all gone from Fenway Park.
The return is a topic for another day. The possible resurgence of Benintendi as the comeback player of the year is a topic for another day too. This upcoming week is about remembering what was, rather than what will be.
What is one of your favorite memories about Andrew Benintendi in Boston?
You can tell whatever story you like, and it doesn’t even have to be related to his on-field abilities. Andrew Benintendi had a lot of depth to his character, and is worth remembering for his contributions, most notably his 2018 run.
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