Whatever Boston’s intentions were for the 31-year-old veteran, the team has certainly gotten its money’s worth.
After Monday’s 11–6 win over the Oakland A’s, “The Boss” is second on the Red Sox in home runs (five) and RBI (18), has scored 13 runs and manned all three outfield positions without making an error.
At his current pace, Ross will easily exceed his two-year prime in 2008 and ’09, when he averaged 23 home runs and 82 RBI.
His continued success in 2012 isn’t merely a statistical projection. There are qualitative aspects to Ross’ performance so far that has him trending upward.