4.11.09, 7:28 PM
Little man, big stick
Pedroia's four-hit day leads Sox to victory
By: Jared Carrabis
For Dustin Pedroia, it was just another day at the office.
On Sunday, Pedroia chipped in with an impressive four-hit performance, which was his first of the 2010 season. It was his first four-hit game since May 8 of 2009, as Pedey had just three four-hit games all of last season.
Among Pedroia's four hits was a solo home run in the fourth inning, his third of the season, which at the time gave Boston a 6-3 lead against the Kansas City Royals. The four hits shot Pedroia's batting average from the low .200's to .360 to finish the day.
Also contributing in a big way at the plate on Sunday was Boston's new third baseman, Adrian Beltre. Batting out of the six-hole, Beltre contributed with three hits of his own, driving in three.
Pleading his case to be included in the Red Sox lineup should manager Terry Francona choose to sit down the mightily struggling David Ortiz, Jeremy Hermida knocked a two-run double after lifting a solo shot on Saturday night. As it stands, Hermida is batting .375 in his limited role with Boston.
Speaking of Ortiz, the Royals hung a golden sombrero on Big Papi, as the Boston slugger struck out a total of four times in four at bats, stranding five. Reminiscent of 2009, Ortiz is batting just .111 (2-for-18) with nine big whiffs.
Making his first start of the 2010 season, and his first start since joining the Red Sox rotation to begin a big league season, Clay Buchholz didn't dazzle, but he held his own. It took the newlywed 96 pitches to battle through five innings, as he gave up three runs, two earned, on seven hits. Buchholz's efforts put him in line if the bullpen could hold the lead, which was an adventure in its own.
Looking good so far, Manny Delcarmen helped build the bridge to Jonathan Papelbon by turning in two scoreless frames. Ramon Ramirez, facing his former team, imploded in the eighth. Ram-Ram allowed two hits before serving up a three-run blast to Jose Guillen, his second of the game.
Making his first appearance since coughing up a bomb to Curtis Granderson, Papelbon entered the game in the ninth inning in an 8-6 game. It was a perfect inning for Papelbon in a sense that no men reached base, but of his sixteen pitches thrown, all but one was a fastball. The save for Papelbon was his second of the season in three chances.
The Red Sox took their first series on the road, two games to one, against the Kansas City Royals, as they look ahead to being the first road team to play at the brand spankin' new home of the Minnesota Twins, Target Field.
On a side note, in the ninth inning, Beltre collided with left fielder Jacoby Ellsbury on a foul ball up the third baseline. Beltre's knee caught Ellsbury in the ribcage, as the speedy outfielder was lifted from the game. Ellsbury had X-rays after the game, which were negative. It's being called a "rib contusion," and we can hopefully expect him to be day-to-day. In the case where Ellsbury will need some time off, Hermida will likely will in for him in left field. This could be a blessing in disguise for Hermida, potentially forcing Francona's hand to give him more at bats in the DH position over Ortiz.
Monday's probable pitchers: Jon Lester will get the ball on Monday at 4:10pm against the man who was traded for Pedro Martinez, Carl Pavano. Lester hasn't fared well against the Twins in his career, carrying an 0-1 record with an ERA of 5.66 into Monday's contest. Pavano, on the other hand, hasn't had much success against Boston, either. The right-hander is 2-3 with a 7.07 ERA in his career, but the thrill of being the starting pitcher who gets to open up Target Field may do him some good.
Editor's note: I just wanted to apologize to the loyal SoxSpace readers for not blogging as much as you all have been accustomed to over the years. This is the first semester that I have been a full-time student in quite some time, so I'm doing my best to balance both writing for SoxSpace and a full-time college schedule. I thank you for your understanding and will try to write as often as physically possible.
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Here’s the situation: a guy walks up to you and tells you he has season tickets to all 81 home games at Fenway Park this year and he’s trying to get rid of them for free.
Here’s the catch: you can only pick ten games and you have to pick them before the season starts so that you’re not guaranteed to see a certain starting pitcher. What are you going to pick? Opening Day? Interleague games? Got a favorite team that you always love to see? Starting from the bottom and working my way up, here is what I would pick and why.
10.) May 19-20 Vs. the Minnesota Twins: You won’t be seeing Joe Nathan coming out of the bullpen, but this Twins team has plenty of stars worth coming to see A couple of my personal favorites, the Twins have added the O-Dog, Orlando Hudson, to play second base and they’ve also brought on board a former Red Sox-killer with Cleveland, Jim Thome. Aside from those names, they’ll have a healthy Justin Morneau at first and you know who behind home plate. Mr. $184 million himself, Joe Mauer, who hit .365 last year to take home American League MVP honors, is reason enough to come out and see the Twins take on the Red Sox in May.
9.) August 23-25 Vs. the Seattle Mariners: There are several reasons why I make this pick, but let’s start with the supporting reasons. Barring injury, you have a 40% chance of seeing either Felix Hernandez or Cliff Lee on the hill. If that’s not enough to get you to come out to the ballpark, then Ichiro Suzuki should be. The man has never had less than 200 hits in a season and he’s entering his tenth major league campaign. If I haven’t convinced you to draft a game for this series, then I have one word for you: Griffey. Though he may not be the perennial All Star he once was, the man can still rake. He hit 19 HR last year to bring his career total to a first ballot Hall of Fame-worthy 630 long balls. If not for you, take your kids to see Ken Griffey Jr., because you’ll be watching one of the greatest players of all time.
8.) June 15-17 Vs. the Arizona Diamondbacks: I can’t say that the D-Backs are going to be much of a threat to contend over in the National League like the previous two teams I’ve discussed here in the AL, but they do have some exciting players to see. I usually save the best for last, but this time I can’t. Justin Upton, who entered last season at just 21 years of age, has quickly become one of the game’s most exciting players. In 2009, Upton batted an even .300 with 26 HR and 86 RBI. Though he’s led the NL in strikeouts each of the last two seasons, Mark Reynolds has transformed himself into a home run hitting machine. Last year, Reynolds launched 44 bombs and drove in 102 runs. He’s basically the right-handed version of Adam Dunn. If healthy, the D-Backs’ rotation could be lethal. With Brandon Webb at the top and Dan Haren right behind him, Edwin Jackson and Ian Kennedy round out what could be a very solid rotation. If you draft this game, be prepared for a low-scoring affair.
7.) August 17 Vs. the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim: You may have noticed that I picked a specific date instead of just highlighting the entire series. Well, there’s a reason for that. On top of the Angels being a great pick for a game to go see, as they have been a Red Sox postseason foe for four out of the past six years, August 17 just so happens to be Dustin Pedroia’s birthday. Coincidence or not, Pedey has homered on his birthday every year since being called up to the big leagues. After 2008, the Halos lost out on Mark Teixeira, Francisco Rodriguez and Garret Anderson. After 2009, the depletion of the Angels continued, as Vladimir Guerrero, Chone Figgins and John Lackey departed from the west coast. Do these losses make the Angels less of a competitor? Not necessarily, but they do make the AL West a little more interesting.
6.) September 6-8 Vs. the Tampa Bay Rays: This will be the final series of the season between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays. If you don’t think that this three-game series will be a huge factor in who makes the postseason and who doesn’t, then you’re out of your mind. This could be the season that Evan Longoria keeps pace with Dustin Pedroia and takes home the American League MVP Award. The Rays have added Rafael Soriano as their closer, which has been their missing link since they established themselves in 2008. With a pitching rotation of James Shields, Matt Garza, Jeff Niemann, David Price and Wade Davis, it’s no wonder the boys from Tampa are feeling confident. The already dangerous Carl Crawford and Carlos Pena are in the final year of their contracts, which should only lead to more production than expected. It’s also worth mentioning that Pat Burrell will be playing for a new contract, too. This is a guy who is capable of putting up 30 HR and 100 RBI, but had a weak first season in Tampa.
5.) October 1-3 Vs. the New York Yankees: It’s the final three games of the regular season, and hopefully the Red Sox will have some distance between their divisional foe, but the baseball Gods more than likely have other plans in mind. Just like it did in 2005, I think that the AL East will come down to the final days of the season to be decided. Only in 2010, I think that the Tampa Bay Rays will be very much so involved and scoreboard watching in Kansas City. I’ll get more into the Yankees later on, because I’m sure you know that they appear on this list more than once.
4.) June 11-13 Vs. the Philadelphia Phillies: You won’t want to miss this series. Ryan Howard and the boys from the City of Brotherly Love come to Fenway Park in June, and with the hopes of Red Sox fans, Boston will give the Phils a little taste of what would have happened in 2008 had the Red Sox defeated the Rays in Game 7. What do you get when the Phillies come to town? Two MVPs in Howard and Jimmy Rollins, a Cy Young Award winner in Roy Halladay and a World Series MVP in Cole Hamels. That’s not even considering Chase Utley, who could very well win an MVP himself, averaging 29 HR, 100 RBI over last 3 seasons and Jayson Werth who over the last three seasons has gone from 8, to 24, to 36 HR. If healthy, you also get a closer who was perfect in save opportunities in 2008 in Brad Lidge. Should be a great series and one heck of a measuring stick for this 2010 Red Sox team.
3.) July 30 Vs. the Detroit Tigers: Another specific date for another specific reason. While the Tigers would have been a great pick regardless, the reason they are so high on this list is because it’s the first game that Johnny Damon will return to Fenway Park since leaving the Red Sox, while not wearing a Yankee uniform. When Damon returned on May 1, 2006 with the New York Yankees, I was on hand. I’d say it was about 87% boos and the rest were half-hearted cheers. The boos were undoubtedly directed towards the jersey in which he donned that night, but after what Damon did for this team, there should have been none at all. In four seasons with Boston, Damon hit .295 and averaged 14 HR and 75 RBI. He brought character to this team, he played hurt, he never turned down an autograph and he gave it his all every time he took the field. On July 30, Red Sox Nation will be given a second chance to get it right. Stand and applaud for Damon, because he earned it. Aside from the Damon attraction, Justin Verlander is one of the game’s best hurlers and Rick Porcello (yes, the one that Kevin Youkilis charged the mound and threw his helmet at) is becoming one of baseball’s best young arms. It’ll be the first major league season for center fielder Austin Jackson, the prospect that Detroit acquired from the Yankees in the Curtis Granderson deal. And it should be interesting to see how the first season of being sober affects Miguel Cabrera.
2.) June 18 Vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers This would have been my number one pick, but something tells me that Manny Ramirez will come up with an excuse not to even play in this series. If he does, June 18 will mark the return of Manny to the city that he “couldn’t stand to play in” and “couldn’t be happy” in even though he was being paid more money than most small market teams’ entire roster. As much as I loved Manny when he was here, I’m really going to have to think long and hard whether I’m going to stand and clap for him. It’s like having an angel and a devil on each of my shoulders. One side is telling me to cheer him. That without him, the Red Sox would not have won in 2004 or 2007. The other side is telling me to boo until my face turns blue because he disgraced the Red Sox, the city of Boston and most importantly, us; the fans. Does he deserve a standing ovation? Probably not. There are some things that discredit what you’ve done in the past. For example: I’m sure a man wouldn’t be given the Husband of the Year Award for being the best husband a woman could ask for in the first eleven months and then cheating on her in the final month. It’s kind of like that. Manny was one of the most important figures in Boston sports history, but the way that he acted in his final days in a Red Sox uniform were inexcusable. Ask Pete Rose. It only takes one major slip up to be shunned forever. Unfortunately for Manny, that just may be the case. And I use the word “unfortunately” loosely, because he could probably care less how Boston receives him upon his return. In actuality, it’s unfortunate for the fans because we loved him and adored him. Whether you cheer, boo, or do nothing at all, it won’t make you any more or less of a Red Sox fan. This is also your chance to see the likes of Matt Kemp, Andre Eithier and Clayton Kershaw play live in your backyard.
1.) April 4 Vs. the New York Yankees – Opening Night: They’re baaack. For the second straight year, the Red Sox open up a season with so much promise against the defending American League Champions; only this time, the AL champs went on to win the whole thing. I don’t need to read you off the numbers; you know how good they are. Led by their captain Derek Jeter; Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, CC Sabathia and the rest of the boys in pinstripes are back on top of the baseball world and it’s up to the Red Sox to dethrone them. As we saw in several cases last year with the Red Sox, it doesn’t matter how you start, but how you finish. It was David Ortiz’s motto when he struggled for the first two months of the season, but it could have also been the Yankees’ motto when talking about head-to-head competition with Boston. The Yankees gave the Red Sox an 8-0 head start, but still managed to tie the season series at nine games apiece. Consistency will be key for the Red Sox when battling the Bronx Bombers in 2010, and it all starts on Opening Night.
That’s my Top 10. What’s yours?
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Although I cannot go into as much detail as Jared did, I would go to any Sunday game that was available to me. I live 200 miles from Fenway and work six days a week. The only day that I can really go to a game without sending my life upside down is Sunday. After more than 54 years as a Red Sox fan, I can find something to admire and enjoy in every game. I love Fenway, I love meeting other fans at the games, and I just can't think of a better thing to do. I'll drive the three-and-a-half hours each way to see a game. So if you're out there, Mr. or Ms. Season Ticket Holder--any Sunday will do! ...View More...View Less
On July 31, 2004, Theo Epstein changed the hands of destiny by trading the face of the Red Sox franchise away to the Chicago Cubs.
On Wednesday, March 10, 2010, much like Michael Myers, he came home. In what was one of the most pleasant surprises in recent memory, the Red Sox signed legendary shortstop, Nomar Garciaparra to a one-day contract, which enabled him to put an end to what was once a very, very promising career in a Red Sox uniform.
It was a day in which Nomar dreamed about ever since his departure in that summer of 2004. “My dream was to retire with the Red Sox,” said Garciaparra. It was a dream for him, and a dream come true for Nomar fans in New England who were left heartbroken when the shortstop was unexpectedly sent packing. At his press conference, Garciaparra put his retirement in perspective by claiming that his tank was “empty.” He could no longer work out to the extent that he liked to during the offseason and it was then that he knew it was time.
When the Oakland Athletics visited Boston last summer, Garciaparra foreshadowed this day by telling his longtime friend, Lou Merloni, “The minute I put that uniform on, I dreamed I was gonna start my career in Boston and end my career in Boston. I still have that dream. The only difference from the original dream is that I wasn't supposed to put another uniform on. But that dream is still there.”
His dream was fulfilled to the pleasure of many, and to the disgruntled displeasure of some hacks within the Boston media. The day that Nomar retired with the Red Sox was supposed to be a celebration of his career and all of the amazing seasons that he gave to the city of Boston. For many years, Nomar was the star attraction alongside Pedro Martinez.
Unfortunately, in true CHB fashion, the Boston Globe’s Dan Shaughnessy decided to take Nomar’s day to thank the city of Boston and all of Red Sox Nation for their continued support of him and turn it into a negative. Surprise, surprise.
Shaughnessy writes, “Do not be fooled. Life is long and people change. There is certainly every possibility that Nomar has matured and will henceforth pledge allegiance to Boston and spread the Gospel of the Red Sox. But it’s downright fraudulent to deny or ignore how bad this relationship was at the end. Nomar hated Boston and the Red Sox in 2004, and the Sox knew they had to get rid of him if they had a chance to win a World Series. It was nasty and personal and it was obvious to everyone who was around the team in that iconic season.”
Dan, I hate to break it to you, but it’s a double-edge sword when it comes to the bad relationship between Nomar and the Red Sox front office. While the Red Sox were trying to lure Alex Rodriguez to Boston, at the same time, they were telling Nomar how much they wanted him to stay in Boston. After not one, but two failed attempted to reel in A-Rod, they were essentially “stuck” with Nomar, thus resulting in a very displeased shortstop and rightfully so.
Shaughnessy’s column focused way too much on how Nomar was a fraud for sitting in front of the Boston media next to Larry Lucchino and Theo Epstein. The word “fraud” just may be a stretch of the truth, as Nomar never said that he “liked” the two. All he did was thank them for giving him the opportunity to retire as a member of the Red Sox.
In Boston, we used to have a little saying, “Manny being Manny,” but since he’s gone Hollywood on us, we’ll always have, “Shank being Shank.”
The next piece that was really surprising to me was submitted by Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com. I happen to be a longtime reader of McAdam since his ProJo days, but the angle that he chose to take on the Nomar saga was very Felger-like. In his column titled, “Sox boot one with Nomar,” McAdam takes exception to the, “cheesy publicity stunt that did neither the team nor the player proud.”
In all fairness, McAdam also writes, “Nine of Garciaparra's 14 seasons were spent in a Red Sox uniform. Years from now, Was there some chance that, without Wednesday's stunt, he might be more closely associated with the Cubs or Dodgers? Of course not.” It’s a fair point, but still, it’s not the point.
The point is that Nomar never wanted to leave the Red Sox. For the fans that attack him for saying that he “quit” on the team and that he’s on the same level as Manny Ramirez, shame on you. Manny quit on the team; Nomar’s grudge was against ownership and he never “quit.” There’s a difference between “quitting” on the team and being physically unable to play, which Nomar was in 2004.
Before being traded to Chicago, Nomar was hitting .321 for the Red Sox in 2004. After being dealt to the Cubs, Nomar played in 43 games, while hitting .297 and then only made it out on the field for 62 games in 2005, while hitting .283. Manny, on the other hand, was hitting .299 with 20 HR in 100 games with the Red Sox in 2008 before being dealt to the Dodgers. After the trade, Manny hit .396 in 53 games with 17 HR and 53 RBI. You do the math on who quit and who was legitimately unable to play.
Manny only cared about the name on the back of his jersey, and Nomar’s willingness to bury the hatchet with Larry Lucchino and Theo Epstein in order to retire with the Red Sox organization is full proof that he always cared about the name on the front.
As Shaughnessy so eloquently put, “Nomar hated Boston and the Red Sox in 2004,” Nomar himself described the experience of his being traded by saying, “I just felt empty. Just like, no way.” He described leaving manager Terry Francona’s office and facing his teammates for the last time, “I go to my locker and I see D-Lowe there, and I go, ‘Don't worry, it’s not you, it’s me. See ya, bro.’ And word starts spreading around and I’m just trying not to cry.” Really sounds like he wanted out of there, ay, Shank?
So, I suppose the moral of this story is to leave the guy alone. He didn’t come crawling back to the Red Sox and fake any kind of rekindled relationship with Lucchino or Epstein. He came back to the Red Sox organization because it’s where he belongs. Like Teddy Ballgame, Yaz and Rice, Nomar was never supposed to wear another uniform. Now, he’ll rest easy in retirement, knowing that he’ll forever be a part of the Red Sox family. Did we need an official contract to make that statement accurate? Absolutely not, but the Boston media needs to loosen up and realize that there’s a little thing called, “the icing on the cake.”
Nomar hangs up his spikes with a career batting line of 313/.361/.521 in 5,596 major league at bats to go along with 229 home runs and 936 RBI. He will leave the game with the highest batting average for any shortstop in Red Sox history (.323), the best slugging percentage by a Red Sox shortstop (.553), and the most home runs (178), RBI (690), runs scored (709), hits (1,281), doubles (279), and total bases (2,194) by any shortstop in Red Sox history. A five-time All Star with Boston, a two-time batting champion (1999: .357, 2000: .372) and the 1997 Rookie of the Year, Garciaparra will not only be remembered as the greatest Red Sox shortstop of all time, but one of the greatest Red Sox players of all time.
For a more detailed take on Nomar's entire playing career, his exit from Boston and the drama-filled relationship with Red Sox management, check out my blog from this past July by clicking HERE.
Jared very well written and I love the micheal myers comment my two favorite things in one article red sox and halloween, the hater should have let nomar have his day and saved the hate for a later time
03/12/2010 3:52 PM
Although JD Drew may have a cold, since joining the Red Sox, his bat has been consistently hot.
Now, before you jump all over me, I don’t necessarily define “hot” as a guy who hits 30 home runs and drives in 100 runs. It’s also worth noting that the batting average stat is about as outdated as legwarmers and bellbottoms.
These days, it’s all about getting on base. When it comes to getting on base, Drew is your man. If you look beyond the numbers that NESN showcases on their telecast when Drew steps to the plate, you will find that the Boston outfielder has quietly been one of the most productive players in the game…when healthy.
Among all active players, Drew ranks twelfth in all of baseball in OBP.
Whether you’re a Drew fan or not, it would be a hard task to find someone who considers him to be their favorite player. Fans don’t “love” Drew the same way that they love guys like David Ortiz and Dustin Pedroia. Why is that?
Well, my theory is that if Drew were making somewhere in the ballpark of $8-$10 million as opposed to his former team high $14 million and he broke a bat over his knee instead of yawning after a strikeout every now and then, he’d be as popular as Trot Nixon was. Fans seem to hold it against Drew that he’s making $14 million, but when asked if he’s lived up to his five-year, $70 million deal, Drew said, “Absolutely.”
“In this game, you battle yourself to get in a position to explore the free agent market, and that’s what ended up happening,” said Drew. “Are there a lot of expectations and a lot of added pressure that come with that? Yes. You want to live up to your value and to what you think your expectations are, and I have extremely high expectations for myself, day in and day out.”
In comparison to Nixon, fans loved that the former right fielder busted his tail day in and day out. He always had a dirty uniform and gave it his all. He was a fan favorite since day one, but in all fairness, he was just as injury prone as Drew is now. The only difference is that he made less money and wore his heart on his sleeve.
Another major discrepancy between Drew and Nixon, as I tried to indicate earlier, was their style of play. Nixon was a guy who always had the dirty uniform, dove hard for balls in the outfield and had a mighty swing. With all due respect, the balls that Nixon had to dive for, Drew gets to those standing up. Looks can be deceiving, as it looks like Drew doesn’t exert himself as much as Nixon, but that’s because he doesn’t have to.
He glides in the outfield with ease. He has a very strong arm in the outfield and you can’t say enough about his swing. It’s among the most level and smooth swings in the game. He may not have the home run numbers to do his swing justice, but the swing itself is damn near perfect.
I guess the moral of this story is that fans should cut Drew some slack. It’s not his fault that the Red Sox wrote him a big fat check. Also, just because he doesn’t slam a helmet or cuss out an umpire, that doesn’t mean he doesn’t care. When the lights shine the brightest, we’ve seen the very best of Drew.
Let’s not forget his grand slam in Game 6 of the 2007 ALCS, in which Drew pumped his fist and yelled in celebration. In Game 2 of the 2008 ALDS in a tie game against K-Rod, who was coming off a historic season in which he set the single season saves record, Drew slammed a two-run bomb off the reliever to give the Red Sox a victory. Later on in that same postseason, in a game that the Sox once trailed 7-0 in the seventh inning, he delivered once against with a walk-off single against the Tampa Bay Rays. Drew also hit a two-run shot in the bottom of the eighth to contribute to one of the greatest comebacks in postseason history.
With two years remaining on his contract, Drew will ensure that his legacy in Red Sox Nation will be a memorable one. Just think about this: had the Red Sox not won the World Series in 2004, Drew’s grand slam in Game 6 would be more monumental than Bernie Carbo’s pinch-hit home run and Dave Henderson’s ’86 ALCS shot combined.
Before I throw some numbers at you that will blow your mind, first, let me introduce this new segment here on TruFan.com.
It seems like just yesterday that I claimed that I would never get a Twitter account. Now, half a year and 500+ followers later, I’m an addict. So, I thought it would be interesting to browse through my Twitter feed as often as possible and pick out an interesting Tweet that I could share with all of you and put my stat-obsessed spin on it. So, without further ado, I give you my Red Sox Tweet of the Day.
This one comes from the Minnesota Twins beat writer for MLB.com, Kelly Thesier ( @kellythesier ). On Friday, the Red Sox took on the Minnesota Twins in Grapefruit League action.
Batting in the leadoff spot, Red Sox center fielder Mike Cameron hit two screaming line drives into the Twins’ dugout, causing Nick Punto to grab a white towel and playfully wave it on the top step of the dugout to signal his surrender.
Well, on the subject of Cameron hitting line drives, Red Sox fans should keep an eye out for when the new Boston center fielder does so. In his 15-season career, Cameron is hitting an eye-popping .755 when he hits the ball on a line. More notably, he hits .464 in his career when he pulls the ball to left field.
Just a little something to think about; it’s 344 feet down the left field line at Miller Park and 370 feet to the end of the left field power alley. At Fenway? Try 310 feet down the left field line. Mr. Cameron, meet the Green Monster. You two should be the best of friends in no time!
Realistically, although Cameron is a career .250 hitter, it would not shock me if he hit over .280 this season with 25+ HR and a batting average over .315 at home with the help of the friendly confines of Fenway Park being his home for 81 games.