Now he’s recognized more in public.
“It was pretty much the same until after this last start in the NLCS,” Wacha said. “But, yeah, I went to go eat at just a little restaurant and I had a milkshake named after me, and that was pretty weird. So I had to try that out.”
But his life hasn’t changed much, he said, “just a lot more texts and phone calls and stuff.”
There could be plenty more of those after Thursday night’s game.
“This World Series start will definitely be the No. 1, the highest, biggest, most important game that I’ve ever pitched in,” Wacha said.
Afterward, he’ll head back to St. Louis for Game 3 on Saturday night. And, perhaps, for his namesake beverage.
“It was like a vanilla,” he said. “It had some Crackerjacks in it, added a little baseball flair to it. And then there’s some chocolate chips, I guess, in there, too. I can’t really remember everything. “
MANAGING HOTBED: Boston’s John Farrell is one of five members of the 1988 Cleveland Indians who went on to become major league managers.
He was teammates with Bud Black, Terry Francona and Ron Washington. And Charlie Manuel was the hitting coach.
“Must have been something in Lake Erie,” Farrell said before Wednesday night’s World Series opener against the St. Louis Cardinals.
For those five, baseball “is more about a life as opposed to a job,” Farrell said. “There was a real desire to continue on after playing days were over.”
CHAMPIONSHIP SUPPORT: The Boston Red Sox are trying to match the New England Patriots’ haul of three championships in this century.
And quarterback Tom Brady has a bold prediction:
“Red Sox in five,” he said Wednesday. “We’ll give (the Cardinals) one.”
Boston’s bid for a World Series title began Wednesday night with an 8-1 win over St. Louis, a matchup widely predicted to go more than five games. But in his 14 years with the Patriots, Brady has developed a strong allegiance to his baseball brethren.