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OK, J.D. Drew had a couple of respectable seasons with the Red Sox.
That's true in a sense -- his numbers in 2007 and 2010 were "respectable". (Of course in 2007 he also had a huge HR in the ALCS and was a major contributor to the Sox winning the World Series.)
At a time when FA players were costing something like $3-4M per WAR, the Sox got 11.3 WAR out of JD for $70M. Not great or even good really. Acceptable, probably, for the Red Sox situation.
Stephen is a different story. He's really not been very good and while Iglesias won't keep hitting like this I'd really like to see the Sox let him have a whirl. If be can be a .250 hitter that's more than enough. I will say that Stephens defense has been much better than I expected.
Take that to its logical limit, though. The Red Sox needed to have other better contracts to make up for Drew's.
I was frankly surprised that any Drew would sign with the Red Sox voluntarily. If my brother had the experience that JD did, I wouldn't really want to play in that city for any reason.
Thinking about this over the ears
my lasting memory of JD is and will always be him taking Fausto Carmona over the wall in Game 6.
It was the CF wall. Not THE wall.
I imagine J.D. had a very different take on his opinion of the experience. He made a #### load of money, he got to play everyday (when healthy) and he was on consistent winning teams. The only bad part of the experience would have been the papers and talk radio and I think JD Drew was one of those people who was actually sincere when he said he didn't read/listen to that stuff. Most guys say it but then seem to know exactly what is being said about them, I think Drew actually ignored it.
Did it ever bleed into Fenway? Did the paying customers ever give it to him?
Thinking about this over the ears makes me think that baseball fandom has changed. he average an seems to like emotional players like Kevin Youkilis or Paul O'Neill, How would a guy like Joe DiMaggio be perceived in today's world?
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