Cody Ross after four-hit game: ‘I have no hard feelings toward anybody in this organization’
|08.03.13 at 12:25 am ET|
Cody Ross was only in a vindictive mood on the field.
After torturing the Red Sox with four hits — including the eventual decisive solo homer in the seventh inning of what resulted in an Arizona 7-6 win over the Sox at Fenway Park — Ross took the high-road when asked about any motivation he might to make the Red Sox pay for not re-signing him.
“Obviously I want to come in here, perform and play well. Anytime you play against one of your old teams you want to do this,” he said. “I have no hard feelings toward anybody in this organization. This is a first-class organization. It’s just nice to be back here and be playing again.”
Ross, who had some pointed words for the Red Sox decision-makers earlier Friday when appearing on Mut and Merloni, did admit that the experience was a special one.
Playing left field, Ross was received warmly by the Fenway faithful when introduced, ultimately calling the entire experience “sweet as apple pie.”
“They’re cheering for me, and giving me a hard time too. It was good,” he said. “I was happy when they announced my name the way it went down. As bad as we were last year, for the fans to cheer for me was pretty special. It didn’t go so well like that in San Francisco, where I got a lot of boos, which I really don’t understand. Maybe these fans know a little bit more than they do.”
The 33-year-old added, “Obviously I’ve had this game circled on my calendar for a while. I knew we were coming back here the later part of the year, I was excited to get back and see a lot of familiar faces and a lot of friends. But at the same time come back and beat them. There are some feelings there. It definitely feels good to get this first one.”
Ross’ frustrations earlier in the day were born from an offseason in which the Red Sox offered him a two-year deal when he was looking for three years. Also not helping matters, according to the outfielder, was the impression he had that three-year deals weren’t in the works prior to the team inking both Shane Victorino and Mike Napoli to such contracts.
Ross ultimately signed a three-year, $26 million deal with his hometown Diamondbacks. Through 87 games this season, he is hitting .280 with a .745 OPS and seven home runs, having gone 9-for-14 (.643) in his last three games.
“I don’t feel like I proved a point,” Ross said. “I was just going out there trying to help my team win. Obviously it feels good to have success against your old team or any team that lets you go. It was the same way when I played the Marlins in 2011. I wanted to beat the crap out of them. The same thing happened in San Francisco. And the same thing happened here in Boston. Going through that … This isn’t my first time playing against my old team, so that’s helped me out.”
Ross has been competing somewhat for playing time with the Diamondbacks, having recently met with manager Kirk Gibson after he was benched in favor of A.J. Pollock when Jason Kubel had to be scratched.
But with the current hot streak — which was put on display against the Red Sox in the form of two doubles, a single and a homer against reliever Pedro Beato after the hosts had tied the game in the sixth — Ross appears to have found his niche for now.
Every game I play I have a lot of nerves. This is a little more … sentimental, I guess,” he said. “I’ve been in this situation before, going back to San Francisco. You don’t want to try too much. You can find yourself trying to find yourself trying to hit a grand slam with nobody on. It doesn’t work. It works against you. I was just trying to get some good pitches to hit, not try and do too much, hit a couple of balls the other way early and then the slider from Beato. It was a fun game.”
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