Good for Mike Lowell!
Ever since last December, when the Red Sox tried to trade Mike Lowell to the Texas Rangers, the story has been what to do with the veteran third basemand and 2007 World Series MVP. Part of this is just the fact that there isn’t a whole lot else to talk about on this team, unless of course you enjoy endless speculation about Jacoby Ellsbury’s toughness. After Lowell was placed on the DL in June, I thought we’d never see him again in a Red Sox uniform. And it looked like I would be right after Lowell made several re-hab appearances for Pawtucket last week, crushing the ball, then was not activated over the weekend. It looked like he might be part of a trade — one report had him going to the Yankees via the Texas Rangers!
But Mike Lowell has re-emerged, and I am very glad to have been wrong . Unfortunately, the reason I was wrong is that Kevin Youkilis injured his thumb the other day and was put on the disabled list himself. That’s when the Red Sox brass pulled Mike Lowell out of the purgatory where they had unceremoniously thrust him to replace Youk at first base last night against the Cleveland Indians. The result, Mike Lowell got a standing ovation from the Fenway faithful as he strode to the plate for his first at bat in over a month and a half, and promptly hit a two-run homerun. He also made a great defensive play that could have been crucial in Boston’s 3-1 victory.
So far this has been a season of singular moments (Darnell McDonald, Daniel Nava), and Mike Lowell provided another of these moments last night. Lowell has always been a classy player — even if he has appeared somewhat miffed this season; I mean, who can blame him? As Jerry Remy said during the telecast, Lowell has hit a lot of homeruns in his career, but few could have felt as satisfying.