J.D. Drew pinch-hit in the seventh inning yesterday in Philadelphia and was loudly booed by Phillies fans. Drew was Philadelphia's #1 pick in the 1997 draft, but he chose not to sign with them - the team's only #1 pick to not sign since 1965.
(I assume, though, there are a few other top picks the Phillies have been unable to sign over the years; are they hated, as well? Also, Drew was drafted by the Giants in the 1994 amateur draft, yet I have never heard of San Francisco fans venting their disgust at any time over the last 17 years.)
I thought, "I've got to get at least one hit. I can't come to Philly and not get one hit." ... That's my only sense of revenge when you've got 45,000 people on your case out there. ... I don't think they recognize me when I walk off the field. It's just when I've got Drew on the back of my shirt. Then, it's like, "There he is. I think that's the guy."Drew's younger brother, Stephen, who plays for the Diamondbacks, also gets booed in Philadelphia. I don't know how Phillies reliever Drew Carpenter is treated.
Drew, in what may be his last season in baseball, is having a dismal year at the plate (.234/.332/.328), but believes he is making progress.
I think I've found something the past week or so in my swing. ... I'm hitting some balls hard and before this I wasn't even doing that. ... It's been frustrating.Since June 19, Drew is 6-for-19 (.316), all singles.
Kevin Youkilis, on his bruised left ankle:
After I iced [Wednesday] night, it swelled up pretty good and I had a tough time sleeping -- it was throbbing. Hopefully it's just a day, get some treatment and get it going for [Friday].With Yook injured, the Red Sox need some possible assistance in the infield led them to designate Mike Cameron for assignment and called up Yamaico Navarro. Theo Epstein said Navarro could play right field, in addition to second, third, and shortstop.
Navarro has shown a pretty potent bat against lefties down in the minor leagues. He's got a lot of bat speed and he's an aggressive hitter ... We've exposed him a little bit in the corner outfield. ... [He has] limited experience out there, but has done a nice job so far in a few games out in right field. ... In an ideal world, we'd have somebody more experienced, but he's a versatile guy ...Yesterday, Jason Varitek batted fifth for the first time since July 8, 2007 - and hit two dongs. It was his 10th career two-HR game; the first homer was his 500th career extra-base hit. Varitek has already had 11 more plate appearance this year than he had in all of 2010, with remarkably similar stats:
PA R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG OBP SLG OPS 2010 123 18 26 6 7 16 10 35 .232 .293 .473 .766 2011 134 18 29 5 5 17 13 33 .248 .333 .419 .752Since mid-May, the Red Sox have been getting some solid hitting out of the catching spot, something that seemed like a pipe dream in April. Since May 9, Varitek is batting .329, with five homers, 15 RBI, and a .991 OPS. Since May 15, Jarrod Saltalamacchia is hitting .301 with a .973 OPS, with 13 of his 25 hits going for extra bases.
Josh Reddick is 11-for-23 (.478/.519/.870/1.388), with five extra-base hits - and only one strikeout - since June 19. ... Daniel Bard has not allowed a run in his last 12 appearances, dating back to May 23 (14 innings, 4 hits, 3 walks, 13 strikeouts). ... Drew Sutton turned 28 yesterday. ... David Ortiz is 0 for his last 17. ... Jon Lester is the first Red Sox lefthander to win 10 of the team's first 80 games since Bill Lee in 1975.
Theo Epstein said he would "take the hit" on the signing of Mike Cameron not working out.
Mike was still a productive player when we got him, but - this is all speculation - maybe because of his advanced age, despite the great shape he keeps himself in, he had the significant internal injury, the double hernia, double groin surgery this winter, maybe it just made the recovery that much more difficult at his age. ...Cameron:
Mike's obviously got a great track record. Even last year, I mean, he was hurt, he still raked left-handed pitching [.357/.438/.690/1.128]. I think the expectation coming into the year is that he would help us against lefties, and it ended up just being a tough adjustment for him to a role he wasn't that familiar with.
I need to sort some things out. But if all goes as planned, I'll be back playing. ... People think Father Time has got me. But it wasn't Father Time. It was not getting much of a chance to go out there and run around and play.