Boston Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew hit his first home run since the fourth inning of game 6 of last year’s World Series when he took Baltimore’s Miguel Gonzalez deep into the Boston bullpen in the bottom of the second inning today.
The 31 year old Drew’s season debut was delayed until June 2nd because of a contract squabble. Drew suffered a 1-14 start before suffering an oblique injury which sidelined him for the better part of a week.
Drew still has not found his groove at the plate. He came into today’s game hitting just .136 on the season with two RBI and one stolen base, and just three extra base hits (all doubles).
Many Boston fans did not seem to want Drew back anyway, especially since super-prospect Xander Bogaerts was transplanted to third base to make room for Drew at short. It only made matter worse that he has struggled so badly.
Drew hit .253 with 13 home runs last year for the Red Sox. They need that kind of production again if they are going to crawl out of the huge hole they have dug for themselves in the AL East. Boston is currently in fourth place, eight games behind the Orioles.