This edition of the Boston Red Sox has absolutely won back their alienated fan base, and it seems like Red Sox Nation has embraced just about every player on the roster, even John Lackey. However, there is one individual that still get a hard time from the fans: Stephen Drew.
The reasons for that are pretty ridiculous because the big picture is being completely missed.
Boston fans give Drew a hard time because they remember his brother J.D. Drew when he played for the Red Sox from 2007 to 2011. Drew wasn’t particularly popular because he signed a $70 million contract and didn’t play with the fiery passion that Boston fans expected.
What they forgot or overlooked was that Drew played a fundamentally effortless right field. Can you recall one error that he made? He also was an All-Star MVP and of course, there is the grand slam that he hit in Game 6 of the 2007 ALCS. Drew happened to have the misfortune to follow Trot Nixon, a beloved fan favorite. Drew was as calm as Nixon was fiery, and Boston fans couldn’t relate.
When the younger Drew was signed during this past offseason, it wasn’t so much about him. It wasn’t so much that he was just another face in the revolving door that has been the Red Sox’ shortstop position. No, fans bemoaned over the fact that he was another Drew coming into town and we quite simply couldn’t have that.
Now, perhaps he shouldn’t be wearing the same number that his brother did if he wanted to avoid the comparison and ridicule. However, he has his reasons and it is his choice.
Drew is a really good player when you look a little closer. He plays an excellent shortstop. As a matter of fact, he has only made four errors all season. In his last three seasons, he has made a total of 12 errors. Not only does he makes the plays he should, he has great range as well. Not unlike his brother, he plays a fundamentally sound shortstop, and there is something very comforting in that, especially late in a game.
Drew’s offense took a while to come around but he has recently come up with some big hits, particularly the big three-run homer against the Houston Astros. He has upped his average to .251 and now has nine home runs, and has to be considered a big threat in the clutch at the bottom of the lineup. Drew also has postseason experience, which is always a plus, assuming Boston gets there.
Red Sox Nation, how about giving some love to your shortstop?