The Baseball Desert

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

If you're happy and you know it...

After the Jay Payton fiasco, it's nice to see the Red Sox pick up a utility fielder who is clear on the role he will have and who is happy with it:
"I'm just going to go out there and play," said Graffanino. "I don't know yet exactly where I'm going to play. Today, I know I'm at second. I'll probably be moving around. I'm going to be prepared to go out there and play every day. I'm going to play hard. I give it everything I've got. I run the bases hard. I try to play smart, heads-up baseball and give it everything I've got every day."
I read that, and I couldn't help thinking of another recent Red Sox player:
"I told him I realized the situation and that I would do whatever he wanted me to do," said Roberts. "I pretty much realized that my role would be relegated to pinch-running. That was one of the reasons they got me here, for speed. I just wanted Terry to know I wasn't going to cause any problems."
If he has a fraction of the success #31 had (he had a nice 1-for-3 start tonight, with some solid defense), I'm going to like this trade.

Update: After posting this, I read this post on The Joy of Sox. I'm envious, but I'm glad that he got to say thanks in person to #31.