October 27, 2007

THE NUMBERS ALWAYS WIN OUT IN THE END (EXCEPT WHEN THEY DON'T):

Drew has gone from fans' target to a hit (Amalie Benjamin, October 27, 2007, Boston Globe)

"I know the way people see J.D., where he's very stoic and passionless, he doesn't really show a lot of emotion," said Red Sox hitting coach Dave Magadan. "J.D.'s got a lot of emotion. He's got a lot of passion. He doesn't wear it on his sleeve like a lot of guys, but he cares about what he's doing out there. He doesn't let too many people see the emotion.

"I saw the look on his face when he went down into the tunnel after he hit that grand slam; he was shaking. He was so excited. It was like a piano was off his back. It made the whole season worthwhile for me, just seeing that."

A season like the one Drew has had in his first year in Boston would not be easy for anyone to endure. He might hide it, but arriving in a new city and hitting .270 with 11 home runs (boosted, actually, by a late-season surge) is bound to engender some hard feelings from the fans. [...]

Yet of late, things have turned for Drew. Because of something he noticed about his stance about six weeks ago, Drew turned in a much more Drew-like September. Over the final three weeks of the regular season, he hit .393 with a .500 on-base percentage and a 1.221 OPS (on-base plus slugging).

And that was only a prelude to his October.


Nothing can prepare you for the transition from the NL to the AL (East in particular). Recall that at this time last year the ignorant were nattering about Josh Beckett being a bust.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 27, 2007 8:00 AM
Comments

True enough - there haven't been any flaming arrows from Chicago about Beckett since probably August. And I doubt if there will be any future ones, given that Beckett is probably 3 times the pitcher of anyone wearing pinstripes right now. Nothing about the bloody sock, either.

I was glad to see Drew come through - he always looked a tad too small to be touted the way he was, but he is tough. If Ellsbury puts on 10 pounds of muscle, he could be his twin (once he's old enough to show some grizzle).

Posted by: jim hamlen at October 27, 2007 10:18 AM

That article was utter nonsense.

You'll see.

Posted by: Benny at October 27, 2007 5:18 PM

Boston sports talk has been funnier than usual over the last 10 days as Francona has gone from (I swear I'm not making this up) a bum who should be fired for being too loyal to his veterans (i.e., he didn't put Elsberry in center field quickly enough) to the genius manager of the year (i.e., the Sox started to hit).

Posted by: Ibid at October 27, 2007 5:35 PM

If the Sox had hit over the season the way they are now, they would have won 115 games.

Posted by: jim hamlen at October 28, 2007 12:26 AM

Two rookies and a guy coming over from the NL would predictably take a while to adjust.

Posted by: oj at October 28, 2007 9:03 AM
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