Jed Lowrie: ‘For whatever reason, it didn’t work out in Boston’
|04.22.13 at 5:28 pm ET|
In Oakland, as in Houston, Jed Lowrie has relished the chance to be an everyday shortstop. While he never got that opportunity in Boston, Lowrie said Monday that all that matters to him now is settling into his job with the A’s.
“Things play out for a reason,” Lowrie said. “For whatever reason, it didn’t work out in Boston. I don’t know why. I enjoyed my time there, my teammates, the fans, but looking back on it might be a little bit of a waste of time. I’m here now, and I’m focused on what I can do to help the team.”
Lowrie said having a stable shortstop job, rather than moving around the infield as a utility player, makes it easier to focus on hitting. So far, that focus has been evident, as he’s hitting .382 with a .462 OBP and a .632 slugging percentage in his first 19 games.
In 2011, his last year in Boston, Lowrie played 32 games at third base and 47 at short, as well as three at first and one at second. He got off to a scorching start that year, hitting almost .500 for a two-week stretch in April, before his production plummeted down the stretch, in part due to a shoulder injury he suffered on a collision with Carl Crawford.
“I prefer to play the same position every day, because I think you are at your best, and you can concentrate on hitting a little bit more when you don’t have to keep bouncing around at different positions, working on different positions every single day,” he said.
Two years after leaving, Lowrie said he still enjoys seeing old teammates and employees throughout the Red Sox organization.
“I just went over there and lifted, and it took me about twice as long as normal because I was saying hi to everyone,” he said. “So I still have strong ties and know a lot of people over here, from the players to the front office to the clubhouse staff, and I have a lot of respect for those guys. It’s great to come back.”
Lowrie was not alone in his eagerness to be in Boston. Nate Freiman, the A’s rookie who grew up in Wellesley, will make his first start in his hometown on Monday. A first baseman by trade, he’s appeared in just eight games for Oakland so far and will DH on Monday.
“I always dreamed of it,” Freiman said. “Growing up in Boston, every kid wants to play at Fenway.”
The excitement of Freiman’s hometown debut comes after a week that has been harrowing for anyone with ties to Boston. Freiman said he was in the parking lot at Oakland’s O.co Coliseum when his brother texted him about the bombings at the Boston Marathon last Monday. He said he had watched the portion of the marathon that passes through Wellesley every year, although he’d never been to the finish line.
“I went inside, put on the TV and couldn’t move,” Freiman said. “It was really tough. Really scary and confusing. Some positives have come out of it – it definitely makes me proud to be from this city. [The tragedy] brings out the best in people. … But the pain that’s been caused will be really hard to heal.”
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