Mike is certainly no stranger to Red Sox fans. While most fans considered him a throw in, or anchor, to the deal that brought Josh Beckett to Boston, he has become a valuable member to the team. In fact, he was the most valuable member of the 2007 World Series. How’s that for a turnaround. Mike’s swing seems perfect for Fenway Park, and he has filled a key spot in the Red Sox line-up.
My favorite Mike Lowell moment came during Game 2 of the 2007 World Series. In the fourth inning of a game the Sox were trailing 1-0, Lowell drew a walk. Drew followed with a single to right. Lowell’s wheels might not be what they used to be, but he knew he had to try to get to third base. He lumbered in, and just beat the throw with a headfirst flop. With him now at third, he was driven in with a sacrifice fly to tie the game. The Sox ended up winning the game 2-1, so that was a key run. It was a clear example of a savvy baserunner using whatever skills he had left to make all the difference. This season, injuries have left Lowell without a position, and that’s too bad. Hopefully he’ll be able to help the team. I’m sure if there’s a way, he’ll find it.
Happy 36th Birthday Mike Lowell!