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Time for Red Sox Fans to Give Up on J.D. Drew
After seeing what went on in Toronto on June 12th, I have to wonder whether or not there are still any fans of J.D. Drew(notes) left in Red Sox Nation. Were there ever that many to begin with? If you're a fan of the Boston Red Sox, it's no secret that Drew hasn't exactly had many admirers since joining the team back in 2007. Drew's redeeming quality could be chalked up as consistency, expect the only thing he's consistent at is being mediocre (or worse). As fellow Red Sox fans bask in the glow of a 9-game winning streak, it's worth noting that Drew has essentially contributed zilch.
Sure, he had a walk-off hit at the end of a 14-inning battle of attrition against the Oakland A's on June 4th. Drew had just come off yet another stint on the DL, and that game-winning hit was neat. Of course, that hit only managed to happen after Drew had struck out four times that day. It was a career first for Drew.
As far as this fan is concerned, it took 14 innings for Drew to actually make any impact in that game at all. Most hitters are usually supposed to be able to do something within 9. If the game hadn't gone to 14 innings, Drew's 4 strikeouts would've been the only headline with his name in it.
In Sunday's matchup against the Jays, Drew repeated the feat. That is to say he had four strikeouts. No walk-off this time around, though maybe if the game had gone to 14 innings, he might've been able to get a hit. As it is, he was 0-for-5. Ouch.
After Sunday's abysmal performance, fans like me are left to figure out just what to make of Drew. On the one hand, it's utterly impossible to feel anything but satisfaction over the way the Red Sox are playing right now. Considering the dashed expectations we had to deal with at the beginning of the season, the fact that the team is basically on fire right now gives us a well-deserved chance to finally float.
Yes, the Red Sox offense has transformed into the incredible Hulk, and they're steadily dominating the AL right now. Unfortunately, J.D. Drew missed the boat, acting more like a tag-along who just so happens to be wearing a Red Sox jersey.
The team as a whole is batting .276, while Drew's BA for the season is .227. It hardly needs to be pointed out that that's the lowest in the lineup. Drew might not have the most strikeouts, with 41, but maybe that's because he only has 163 at-bats. At this point, I can't be the only Red Sox fan who wonders whether Drew is doing my harm than good just by coming out to the plate in the first place.
Taurus Londono has lived in Massachusetts for over ten years, and is a longtime fan of the Boston Red Sox.
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