J.D. Drew’s (Stephen’s straight-faced bro) time in Boston was disappointing. He failed to fulfill the expectations that a five-year, $70 million contract brings. He had quality seasons in 2008 and ’09, yet other seasons the nickname Nancy Drew fit him nicely. Oh he had his moments like his grand salami in the ’07 ALCS. He was also on deck when Ellsbury stole home in 2009, and managed to not crack a smile. Now Stephen Drew is heating up and he’s erasing memories of his brothers over-paid years.
Stephen took the same number, seven, as his brother. This could have triggered flashbacks in Sox fans of J.D’s emotionless play, especially after Stephen Drew’s painfully slow start to the season in which he only collected five hits in thirteen games. His slump drew the ire of fans as he replaced a red-hot Jose Iglesias. Iggy was finally making strides offensively after toiling in the minors for so long. He was winning our hearts with stellar defense and scrappy hitting, but after four hits Monday night, fans are asking, Jose who?
Not only did Drew knock the ball around Monday night, he was twice the hero. He launched a home run in the seventh to tie it, and then smacked a double off the monster to win it. He was mobbed at second base and after emerging from the mob, he was sporting a huge smile. Drew now has two multi-hit games in his last four.
The past few years, Drew has been riddled by injury and his performance fizzled. Drew’s rep early on was a power hitting shortstop, a rarity, but has he regained some of that pop? He has two homers in his last five games. Probably too small a sample size to tell, but if he can stay healthy, who knows?