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
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.
Has anyone ever NOT been happy to leave Cleveland? Has anyone ever been happier to leave Cleveland (and this includes LeBron) than the 2011 Red Sox? After getting pummeled in Texas and iced in Ohio, the Boys of Summer are still searching for one element of their team to look anything like the juggernaut we were promised.
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.