NEW YORK — The Red Sox laundry cart home run celebration will return in 2022. Kevin Plawecki made a minute-long announcement video that went viral on social media. It features Plawecki and Garrett Whitlock making a cameo appearance.
“I wanted to put together some kind of video to announce he was back instead of just doing it randomly,” Plawecki told MassLive.com at Yankee Stadium on Friday before the regular season opener. “So it turned out perfect.”
In the video, Plawecki is seen cleaning the laundry cart, studying the video of how he moves best, working out with him in the weight room, and carrying him up the stairs in the gym. stadium.
Production didn’t take as long as it looks.
“Honestly, like 30, 40, 45 minutes,” Plawecki said. “We just eliminated him quickly. It went well.
Plawecki set it up with Billie Weiss, director of creative services and photography for the Red Sox.
The catcher said the Whitlock scene — the best part of the video — was Weiss’s idea.
Whitlock walks past Plawecki in the clubhouse and throws his laundry into the cart.
“Are you kidding me, Whit?” Plawecki said to Whitlock. “Have some respect, buddy.”
“He’s the first guy I’ve seen walk into the locker room,” Plawecki explained. “I said, ‘Hey, throw that in there.’ It happened to be the guy who was in there. … He had no idea. It was perfect.”
Whitlock added: “I walked into the clubhouse and he was like, ‘Whit. Can we do this?’ And I was like, ‘Sure.’
Whitlock saw the video. He said Plawecki showed it to him.
Was it hard work getting the laundry cart up and down?
“Easy. That was practice. You have to prepare. That was practice. You have to make it a game,” joked Plawecki.
“We are only talking about four stages,” Plawecki added.
The laundry cart home run celebration dates back to the 2020 season. Plawecki and Jason Varitek came up with the idea.
“Dealing with COVID, not having fans in the stands, dealing with difficulties, not playing as well as they wanted to – it makes you look at things from a different angle than what we can create ? Varitek said last year. “What can they create to take advantage of it? Some of those guys might never play a game in those big leagues again – and that was their time. You can be serious. You can do your job. You can get past that. But to find those moments to create things. It’s just something that, on a whim, happened organically.
“I just saw these guys looking for different ways to enjoy this game under very difficult circumstances,” Varitek added.
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