Ex-Red Sox Infielder Still Going By Previous Nickname With Pirates

Michael Chavis still hears the nickname he earned with the Red Sox


August 16

Some things have stuck with Michael Chavis since the Boston Red Sox traded him to the Pittsburgh Pirates last year.

That includes his “Ice Horse” nickname Chavis earned during his two-plus season in Boston.

“It’s still kind of rolling,” Chavis told NESN’s Jahmai Webster. “That’s one thing that I was curious when I got traded if that would keep rolling, but it stuck around a little bit. Every now and then when we’re on the road, we’ll see like an Ice Horse Red Sox jersey or a Sox fan who calls me out or something like that. It’s really cool.”

Chavis got his first chance to face his former team on Tuesday when the Red Sox traveled to Pittsburgh to face the Pirates in a three-game series.

That has afforded Chavis the opportunity to reconnect with some past teammates, but there was one in particular he looked forward to catching up with the most.

“I’m excited to see all my guys, and everything like that, but (Rafael) Devers, we’ve been together since we were in the GCL (Gulf Coast League),” Chavis told Webster. “We got so many memories and a little bit of a different relationship. So, I’m excited to see all my guys, for sure.”

Chavis, 27, has played all over the infield in his second season with the lowly Pirates. Coming into Tuesday night’s contest, Chavis is batting .245 with 12 home runs and 37 RBIs. Chavis did not get the starting nod in the series opener.

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