|Cody Ross reminds us he likes hitting home runs and going to hockey games||03.03.12 at 6:21 pm ET|
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.
“Cody Ross is an unbelievable player. He’s a great player,” said Adrian Gonzalez, who also had a homer in the rout over the Huskies. “I’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.”
“Obviously 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.”
“Any 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.”
“Stay 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? “I’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?) “I 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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