JD Drew warms up before a game against the Baltimore Orioles.
2011 season has not been the most remarkable for Red Sox outfielder JD
Drew. Just three years after being elected an All-Star in his second
season with Boston (2008), Drew has hit a new kind of low, even for him.
management and lasting Drew believers can continue to sugar-coat this
guy's fading talent and justify the $70 million deal he signed in
Adrian Gonzalez stands on first base after singling in a game against the Balitimore Orioles in April
Adrian Gonzalez was traded to the Red Sox, the first feeling that came
over hometown fans was happiness. Because for two years, Theo Epstein
& Co. have flirted with Epstein protégé Jed Hoyer, executive VP and
general manager of the San Diego Padres, regarding the availability of a
guy Epstein has coveted since before the 2004 season.
With the State Farm Home Run Derby set
for later tonight at Chase Field in Phoenix, American League captain
David Ortiz looks to carry his squad to victory in what has become a
brand-new derby format.Each
league will have one captain -- last year's champion, Ortiz, for the AL
and Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder, the 2009 Home Run Derby
champion for the NL.
With a payroll of more than $160 million and a lineup hailed last winter as
one of the best ever, you'd think that the 2011 Boston Red Sox could
have field half an All-Star roster. Instead, the injury-plagued team is
sending just four players to the Midsummer Classic next week in Arizona.It's
no secret that the Red Sox have had some great and not-so-great
moments, from starting 2-6 in early April to going 8-1 on their best
roadtrip since 1977 in early June.
Tim Wakefield's new book, Knuckler: My Life with Baseball's Most Confounding Pitch, describes a career that's been . . . well, as unpredictable as a knuckleball. The kid who learned the knuckler as a last resort to stay in baseball has become the elder statesman of the Red Sox, a determined pro willing to do anything to play ball and help his team.