Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Red Sox outfielder Drew named All-Star MVP
Boston's J.D. Drew hit a tying, two-run homer in the seventh inning to earn MVP honors.
NEW YORK -- J.D. Drew and the Boston Red Sox had a rewarding All-Star week at Yankee Stadium.
Drew hit a tying, two-run homer in the seventh inning Tuesday night and took home MVP honors after a wild Midsummer Classic, capping a strong performance by the rival Red Sox in New York.
The Boston outfielder also singled and finished 2-for-4 to help the American League beat the NL 4-3 in 15 innings in a game that lasted 4 hours, 50 minutes.
"One of those undescribable events," Drew said near second base, booed by the scattered crowd that remained at about 1:50 a.m.
Drew was presented with a large, white SUV for winning an award named after Red Sox Hall of Famer Ted Williams.
Boston had seven players selected for baseball's All-Star salute to The House That Ruth Built in its final season, plus AL manager Terry Francona.
The Red Sox even took over the Futures Game for top prospects on Sunday when 19-year-old Boston minor leaguer Che-Hsuan Lin hit a two-run homer for the World team to win the MVP.
J.D. Drew's two-run seventh-inning jack off Edinson Volquez helped earn the All-Star rookie the MVP award, just the fourth Red Sox All-Star to be named MVP.
Drew connected off Cincinnati right-hander Edinson Volquez with two outs in the seventh, tying the score at 2 and making him the 15th player to homer in his first All-Star at-bat.
Booed much of the night along with the rest of the Red Sox, the soft-spoken Drew was cheered by the Yankee Stadium crowd as he rounded the bases.
The Red Sox were criticized for signing the oft-injured Drew to a $70 million, five-year contract when he was a free agent before last season.
He got off to a slow start in Boston, then hit a big grand slam in the 2007 AL championship series against Cleveland. This year, he's showing all his skills, batting .302 with 17 homers and 55 RBIs.
Drew's production has been crucial for Boston, helping to fill the void left by injured slugger David Ortiz.
The All-Star Game MVP just adds to a special summer.