You gotta roll, roll, roll. You gotta thrill my soul, all right. Roll, roll, roll, roll-a, thrill my soul. Let it roll, all night long. -Doors
Public Service Announcement: OK, here we go! Woo hoo hoo! It’s JD Drew. Everybody’s been hating on JD. Everybody’s been irating on JD. Everybody’s been defecating on JD. Not today though. We gotta sha-la-la-la-la-la, live for today though. And don’t worry ’bout tomorrow, hey, hey, hey though. â€˜Cause the Sox are rolling today.
Rollin’, rollin’, rollin’. Though the streams are swollen. Keep them Bosox rollin’. Red Sox! How ’bout them Red Sox? How ’bout JD Drew? Worth the waiting, right? The anticipating, right? Dustin Pedroia and Kevin Youkilis get on by way of the infield hit. Papi’s up! Draws a three and two walk. Bases chucked. Manny? King of the salami? K. Lowell? Mr. RBI himself? Pop out. Here he comes. Goat of the year. No paddle and boat of the year. Grand slammy! Strawberry Jammy! Happy as a Cape Cod clammy! Ballgame!
JD Drew was the first player in college baseball history to hit 30 home runs and steal 30 bases in the same season. As a freshman, he became the first player to hit three home runs in a single College World Series game. Yowza! As a Seminole, he became one of only three players in college baseball history to have 100 hits, 100 runs and 100 RBIs. Yowza again.
In his rookie year, as a Cardinal, he was drawing comparisons to Stan the Man and the Mick. Then the injuries began. Then the name-calling began. Nancy Drew. DL Drew. Sticks and stones. 2004. Best season of his life. Power, patience, and defense. That was his mantra. .305/.436/.569 with 31 home runs, 118 walks, and 96 RBI’s. Finished 6th in the MVP voting. Not for nothing, last year’s numbers were not vastly different from those of 2004. And not for nothing else, he plays the hell out of right field. Dwight Evans style.
Last night, JD redeemed himself. Tonight, Dice-K needs to do the same. Yup, stay away from my window. Stay away from my back door too. Disconnect the telephone line. Relax baby and draw that blind. Tonight’s the night. It’s gonna be all right. Roll Sox, roll!
Public Acknowledgements: Bob Ryan, Grass Roots, Rawhide and Rod Stewart
Peace out homies. Six Two and Even!