The Case For Stephen Drew

August 28, 2013 4:11 PM
The Case For Stephen Drew
" BOSTON (CBS) — The time was ripe for Xander Bogaerts to introduce himself to Red Sox fans at Fenway Park on Tuesday night. The Sox were riding high after taking two of three from the Dodgers in L.A., and they were facing a left-hander in Wei-Yin Chen in their first game back at home. At last, the home crowd would get its first glimpse at the budding prospect who’s risen quickly through the minors and is considered by scouts to be an MVP-type player some day.

Alas, the potential star was not in the starting lineup against the Orioles, with Stephen Drew penciled at shortstop, batting eighth. And boy, were people mad.

They called the radio and shouted in rage, they tweeted some expletives and ultimately disagreed with manager John Farrell’s decision. Not everyone felt that way, of course, but those who preferred to see Bogaerts over Drew were the most vocal.

To an extent, they had a point. Bogaerts hit left-handed pitching pretty well in the minors, accumulating a .290 batting average and .875 OPS this season between Portland and Pawtucket "

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