On Oct. 14, 2008, me and my buddy Odie attended Game 4 of the American League Championship Series between the Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park.
Before the game, like most fans who attend Fenway do, we ate and drank at The Cask N’ Flagon and visited some of the merchandise shops.
One of the purchases I made at one of the shops was a Jed Lowrie player T-shirt. It was certainly an odd purchase at the time considering the Red Sox had about eight other guys that would have been more popular choices.
As a matter of fact, I think the person who sold me the shirt had that “Are you serious?” look on his face when I asked, “Do you have Lowrie in a large?”
For years, I was ridiculed for buying that shirt. And for years, I have waited for Lowrie to do something so I can justify wearing it.
Now, I may finally have my chance.
Lowrie has started the last three games for the Red Sox and it looks like he has replaced Marco Scutaro as the everyday SS in Boston.
The former Stanford Cardinal has made the most of his opportunities this season. Going into tonight’s game against the Oakland A’s, Lowrie is hitting .516/.545/.774 with two HR’s in 33 plate appearances.
His hot start came to a peak with his Patriots Day performance against the Toronto Blue Jays. He went 4-for-5 with a HR and four RBI and for one day he became Bill Brasky. The stories of what he did that morning became legend.
Lowrie has always been able to hit. That was never the question with him. The questions are A. Can he play shortstop on an everyday basis and B. Can he stay healthy?
This is really the first year Lowrie has been completely healthy from the get-go. In 2009, Lowrie fractured his wrist at the start of the season and then he missed most of last season with Mono.
While he is healthy now, the fact remains he has never played more than 81 games in a season.
In regards to playing shortstop, Lowrie will make the routine play, but to ask him to any more than that is asking a lot. He’s not a dynamic athlete and doesn’t have much range. He is more a third baseman than anything else.
I hope Terry Francona sticks with Lowrie. I think he can be a poor man’s Michael Young if given the opportunity.
Plus, I want to wear my shirt with pride.
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