No. 7: J.D. Drew
J.D. Drew was acquired as a free agent on Valentine’s Day, 2007(thirteen year anniversary is here! Get the champagne ready!).
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Drew had some serious shoes to fill. He was replacing popular fan favorite and resident Dirt Dog Trot Nixon. Drew even chose to wear number seven, Nixon’s number before he signed a free-agent deal with the Indians.
Drew and Nixon were similar players between the white lines, but couldn’t have been more different as far as attitude goes. Whereas Nixon showed passion, emotion, and sacrifice, Drew appeared stoic, detached, and conservative playing right for Boston. His salary, $14M a year for five seasons, didn’t exactly justify his .264 batting average during his Boston Red Sox career.
But Drew did make an All-Star appearance in 2008, and hit one of the most famous Grand Slams in Red Sox history during game 6 of the 2007 ALCS against the Indians. Although not an electric regular-season player, Drew had a phenomenal postseason career with the Sox, hitting .316 in three appearances (2007-2009).
Ultimately, the fact that Drew didn’t crack one smile in five seasons probably contributed to his lukewarm reception from fans.