Much ado about J.D. Drew

Monday, April 23, 2007

I don’t care much about the experience of watching Major League Baseball. I read about sports much more than I watch sporting events (or anything) on TV. Though sometimes I get pulled in during dramatic postseason runs (like the Red Sox in October of 2004), or other big sporting events like Bowl games and March Madness.

But I am always a sucker for useless trivia.

J.D. Drew And this next bit of trivia just happens to involve the Boston Red Sox (and New York Yankees) again. Last night, in the third inning, the Red Sox hit back-to-back-to-back-to-back home runs against the Yankees. The four Red Sox players were Manny Ramirez, J.D. Drew, Mike Lowell, and Jason Varitek.

Now you might be wondering . . . when was the only other time in the history of ever that this has happened? Well, just a few months ago, on September 18, 2006, four Los Angeles Dodgers players hit consecutive home runs in the bottom of the ninth inning. And who were those players? Why none other than Jeff Kent, J.D. Drew, Russell Martin, and Marlon Anderson.

Yes, that’s right, J.D. Drew. The man who plays “sucky, injury-plagued, emotionless baseball” will go down in history as the King of the B2B2B2B.

OK, wait, so I just did some actual “research” and found that it was actually the fifth time in major league history that back-to-back-to-back-to-back homers had been hit. But it was the first time for the Red Sox franchise.

This feat has been accomplished only five times in 100+ years of MLB history, but this is the second time in six months for J.D. Drew?

Come to think of it: J.D. seems to be doing quite well this season, statistically. And didn’t he just opt out of the final three years of his $33 million guaranteed contract with the Dodgers?

Might I suggest a Drewian deal with the devil, circa 2006? Or would that be going too far?

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