Loney excited about change of scenery

August, 26, 2012
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BOSTON -- Red Sox newcomer James Loney said it’s a bit strange wearing a uniform other than that of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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Jared Wickerham/Getty ImagesJames Loney, who went 1-for-5 with a game-tying RBI in the fifth his Red Sox debut, is eager to experience the Fenway atmosphere.
Loney was acquired as part of the nine-player blockbuster that featured Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett and Carl Crawford on Saturday and on Sunday played his first big league game with a team other than the Dodgers. He spent his entire seven-year career with Los Angeles before arriving in Boston.

Prior to Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Royals at Fenway Park, Loney admitted he’s working on little sleep since the transaction was complete, but he’s looking forward to a change of scenery with the Red Sox.

“I’m excited,” he said. “[Fenway’s] always been one of my favorite parks. I got to come here in 2010 to play and it was fun. Everything about the atmosphere here and the fans are great. You've got a lot of support and it’s a good atmosphere.”

The atmosphere around Fenway has been volatile at times this season and Loney is aware of the situation.

“I knew a bunch of those guys that got traded. I know a bunch of the guys that are here still," he said. "I know they were trying to build a championship team. Didn’t work out last year. This year, I guess, there were some things going on.”

Because this season has been so difficult both on and off the field for the Red Sox, players have mentioned that they’ve heard from players around the league, asking what is going on in Boston. Loney said he’s been told playing for the Red Sox can be difficult in this market.

“I’ve heard that,” he said. “You hear that. I think a lot of big-market, big-city teams, it’s like that. You don’t think about it when you’re out there, you just have fun.”

The last couple of days have been surreal for Loney.

“I think so, a little bit” he said. “Don’t know how these colors fit me. I’ll have to get used to them. I like them.”

Joe McDonald

Reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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