Sully Erna may be the lead singer of Godsmack, but he’s also a diehard Red Sox fan. And when he’s not making or performing music, there’s a pretty good chance he’s watching his hometown team.
Boston lost to New York, 5-3, on Wednesday, but the Red Sox still clinched the AL East title following a loss by the Blue Jays. It is Boston’s second AL East title since 2007 and the first since 2013.
“They are getting hot right when they need to get heated up,” Erna said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “I’m stoked.”
Erna, 48, called Red Sox/Yankees “one of the most intense rivalries” in sports history. He also believes David Ortiz has become the Manny Pacquiao of the Dominican Republic. When Ortiz was growing up there, he saw a lot of Yankees hats. But now? It’s almost all Red Sox.
Erna believes Boston (92-66) could win the World Series.
“I definitely do, especially now,” he said. “They’re heating up right when they need to get hot. I can’t see why this can’t happen. I like the team a lot. I don’t know much about (manager John Farrell), but from what I do see, I think he’s done a tremendous job, and I certainly think the players are hungry and focused.”
Erna, who is also a diehard Patriots fan, loves that New England has a chance to go 4-0 without Tom Brady.
“I think if we get to the Super Bowl knowing that Belichick put in a third-stringer, I think they need to start scraping that Vince Lombardi name off that trophy and put Belichick on there,” Erna said. “Seriously, we need the Belichick Trophy. I know New York people hate hearing that, but it doesn’t matter. Let’s just look at the reality of it, the stats. It’s just ridiculous what he’s done for this game. If I was Garoppolo, I’d be concerned about my job right now.”