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Cody Ross reminds us he likes hitting home runs and going to hockey games

03.03.12 at 6:21 pm ET
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FORT MYERS, Fla. ‘€“ Cody Ross‘€™ swing is made for Fenway Park.

That was the consensus the instant the outfielder signed his one-year, $3 million deal with the Red Sox this offseason. Saturday’€™s Sox’€™ 25-0 win over Northeastern at JetBlue Park did nothing to dissuade such analysis going forward.

Ross launched two home runs over the 42-foot left field wall ‘€“ the second coming in the form of a grand slam ‘€“ on the way to a memorable beginning to his Red Sox’€™ career.

‘€œCody Ross is an unbelievable player. He’€™s a great player,’€ said Adrian Gonzalez, who also had a homer in the rout over the Huskies. ‘€œI’€™ve always said he goes up to the plate fearless and has a great s wing. Plays the game hard. Plays a great outfield. Runs the bases hard. Has a great arm in the outfield. When he came into camp and guys are talking about him as a guy that they don’€™t know what’€™s going to happen. I was like, what are you guys talking about? This guy is a legit everyday player who can do it all. The great thing about it so is [Ryan] Sweeney. We have tow guys that are going to compete and do a great job in right field.’€

Here is what Ross ‘€“ who walked out of the stadium wearing a Bruins baseball hat — had to say after his two-hit, two-run, five RBI performance:

You know, it was good. It’€™s one of those days where you want to go out and just get the cobwebs dusted off and just, as a team, go out and try not to get hurt and just play the game and we played well today.’€

‘€œObviously any time you swing the bat well, whether it’€™s in Little League or against college pitching or major league pitching, it feels good. We swung the bats well today. Definitely, I like it. It plays a lot better for my swing than a lot of parks I’€™ve played in. You definitely can’€™t get too concerned about it. You’€™ve just got to stay with your game and try to hit the ball wherever they pitch it. Today, they left a couple out over the plate.’€

‘€œAny hitter that claims that some power wants to hit in a hitters’€™ ballpark. It just so happens Fenway fits well for right-handed swings. Like I said, try not to think about it too much. You can get yourself in a lot of trouble just thinking about that wall the whole time. Take what I got today and try to get better.’€

‘€œStay balanced. Not get out ahead of myself and get my body in the way. Keep my hands back and let them work. That’€™s basically what I’€™ve been working on it a lot since this offseason and trying to take it into games. Fortunately today it worked a little bit.’€

(Why the hat? ‘€œI’€™m a huge hockey fan. I like watching hockey. My son loves hockey. We went to an Everblades (minor league hockey) game the other night. I like watching it. It’€™s fun to watch. I live in Boston now, root for them, they’€™re pretty good.’€

(Why a hockey fan?) ‘€œI grew up in my younger years in Texas, so I followed the stars for years. I moved out to Arizona and followed the coyotes, have a couple of buddies on the team. So now I’€™m a Bruins fan.’€

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