Eduardo Rodriguez admits he briefly "lost" his mind after World Series home run

Nick Goss
NBC Sports Boston
The Boston Red Sox were staring at a 2018 World Series tied at two games apiece when Eduardo Rodriguez gave up a three-run homer to Los Angeles Dodgers star Yasiel Puig in the sixth inning of Game 4.

Eduardo Rodriguez admits he briefly "lost" his mind after World Series home run

The Boston Red Sox were staring at a 2018 World Series tied at two games apiece when Eduardo Rodriguez gave up a three-run homer to Los Angeles Dodgers star Yasiel Puig in the sixth inning of Game 4.

Eduardo Rodriguez admits he briefly "lost" his mind after World Series home run originally appeared on nbcsportsboston.com

The Boston Red Sox were staring at a 2018 World Series tied at two games apiece when Eduardo Rodriguez gave up a three-run homer to Los Angeles Dodgers star Yasiel Puig in the sixth inning of Game 4.

Puig's blast put the Dodgers up 4-0 as part of a four-run inning. The Dodgers had all the momentum, not just on the scoreboard, but also because of their walk-off win in an 18-inning Game 3.

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Rodriguez was very upset after the home run given up to Puig and slammed his glove on the mound in frustration. With more than a month to think about what transpired, Rodriguez admits he let his emotions get the best of him. 

"I think I lost my mind for a second," Rodriguez said, per Peter Abraham of The Boston Globe. "I just felt like I had let everybody down. I was so angry. I was trying to throw my glove through the earth."

Rodriguez isn't afraid to let his emotions show, but don't expect him to get as upset as he did in Game 4 again. 

"It was a mistake," Rodriguez said. "But hitters throw their bats or their helmets all the time. Why can't pitchers show emotion? I was just angry. But I won't throw my glove again."

The Red Sox ended up winning Game 4 after outscoring the Dodgers 9-2 over the final three innings. Boston took a 3-1 series lead and clinched the championship with a 5-1 victory in Game 5 the next night at Dodger Stadium.

Rodriguez enters the 2019 campaign as a fixture of the Red Sox rotation after a career-best 13-5 record in 2018 -- his first double-digit win season since 2015.

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