And now leading off for the Red Sox …
The leadoff man du jour at Fenway is, yes, J.D. Drew. Very surprising, but not altogether a bad move if you think about it. The one thing Drew always does is work the pitchers and swing at strikes. That is part of the qualification of a good leadoff hitter. He also has above average speed, another nice thing to have up top.
This doesn’t sound permanent by any means, but if it works, all bets are off! At any rate, J.D. Drew lifetime as a leadoff hitter: 42 games, 148 at-bats, 31 runs, 37 hits, six doubles, one triple, five homers, 13 RBIs, .345 OBP. I’m not sure how relevant those stats are because, by J.D.’s own admission, he has no clue when the last time he led off was. Upon further research and a lot of web clicks, I found the answer on baseballreference.com. The answer is June 18, 2003, when Drew went 0-for-5 in a Cardinals romp over the Brewers.
Curt Schilling is obviously amused by the panic on the streets. When he walked through the clubhouse today, the Yankees game was on the television and the ace shouted in the direction of reporters, "Oh my God, the Yankees are winning!". Ah well, a little levity never hurt anyone, I suppose.
Who gets a louder ovation Friday night? Barry Bonds or Dave Roberts? Hmmmm. OK, I’m thinking Roberts might just bring down the house. Barry? After the blonde masks the fans brought out for A-Rod, I’m not quite sure what the Fenway faithful will have in store for Bonds, who will be playing his first career game in Boston.
That’s all for now.