November 20 – Happy Birthday J. D. Drew

The Boston area has had its share of famous robberies. When the Specs O’Keefe Gang walked away from the Brinks Company  in Boston’s north end, with $2.7 million in January of 1950, it was at the time the biggest armed robbery in history. In 1980,  a gang led by a former Boston police officer ripped open 500 safety deposit boxes at the Depositors Trust Company in Medford and made off with $1.5 million. Then there was the $500 million Gardner Museum art heist in 1990.  And if you follow Red Sox baseball, you’ll never forget the Valentine’s Day caper pulled off by Scott Boras in February of 2007. On that day he strong armed Boston’s front office into paying $70 million for the services of J.D. Drew for the next five seasons.

I apologize for being a bit overdramatic but let’s face it. In those five seasons from 2007-’11, J.D. hit a total of 80 home runs, drove in just 286 and averaged .264. The Sox were hoping Drew’s career-long injury jinx had ended when they signed him to that huge multi-year deal and ironically, with the exception of the 2011 season, he has stayed relatively healthy during his time in Beantown. But a healthy J.D Drew turned out not to be the run producing monster Boras’s Powerpoint presentations depicted.

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