Tuesday, December 18, 2012
J.D. Drew: Stephen 'not nearly as guarded'
J.D. Drew never was truly embraced by Red Sox fans, in part because he didn't wear his heart on his sleeve, causing some to question his passion for the game. Drew's brother Stephen has agreed to a one-year contract to play in Boston (pending a physical) and while J.D. says Sox fans shouldn't expect to see Gatorade buckets flying from the dugout, he admits his younger brother is more outgoing that he is.
"The thing is, Stephen is not nearly as guarded as I am," J.D. told WEEI.com Monday night. "He's more outgoing. Stephen's going to be a little bit less guarded.
"I think he's a real laid-back personality. You're not going to see a lot of helmet-throwing, bat-slamming, unfortunately that's what seems the people in Boston like. … We treat ourselves a lot like role models, I think Stephen, he's following that same thing."
J.D. Drew, who played five seasons with the Red Sox before retiring in 2011, also aggravated some in Boston for his inability to stay on the field because of injuries. Stephen took some heat this past season from Diamondbacks managing general partner Ken Kendrick, who suggested Drew took too long to come back from a severely fractured ankle out of concern for his marketability as a free agent. Arizona ended up trading Drew to the Oakland A's.
"My only thought for Stephen is he is his own player and his own person," J.D. said "What aggravates me is that he's been kind of lumped into an injury-prone kind of deal. Stephen's never been injury-prone. This guy has played 150 games a year for most of his career until he breaks his leg in half.
"I think he's going to come back with a really nice season, and you've got to understand what made me more frustrated is Arizona throwing him under the bus like he hadn't given them anything over a four- or five-year career. He'd been a great, incredible shortstop, playing solid defense up the middle. I don't worry about the battles for Stephen. He can iron that stuff out and I think it'll probably motivate him a little bit more than playing in a small market like Arizona."
Prior to the 2011 season, when Drew suffered the nasty break, he had played in at least 150 games in three of the four previous seasons.