Quintin Berry reintroduces himself to Red Sox as member of Orioles
|03.02.14 at 12:11 pm ET|
FORT MYERS, Fla. — While Doug Flutie was holding court by the Red Sox‘ batting cage, with Carl Yastrzemski standing just a few feet away, another notable name passed by on the way to the JetBlue Park visitors’ dugout — Quintin Berry.
Shaking hands with former Red Sox teammates, while waving to those in the field, Berry drifted onto the pregame scene prior to Sunday’s spring training tilt between the Sox and Orioles virtually unnoticed by media and fans. But when you’ve done something — anything — to help a team win a World Series, your presence is at least of some note.
Berry played in just 13 games (collecting nine plate appearances) during the regular season for the Red Sox in the 2013 regular season, but, nonetheless, he left somewhat of a mark.
Not only did the outfielder collect five hits with a walk, but accomplished what the Sox were hoping he could when acquired from Kansas City in exchange for Clayton Mortensen. Berry swiped one bag in each of the Red Sox‘ three playoff series, including one against Cardinals’ catcher Yadier Molina in the eighth inning of the Sox’ Game 4 World Series win.
After the championship parade, however, Berry understood he might have to move on.
“Supposedly a little bit, but I know they had a couple of things in mind they wanted to do, some guys they wanted to try and give experience to,” said Berry regarding the Red Sox’ interest in the offseason. “So I just wanted to test the market and see what else I could do.
“In my career I’ve been all over the place. I understand the business part of it. I’m grateful I got an opportunity to be part of that team last year. It was an amazing team. With the business part of it, you have to keep shopping around. All you want to do is play in the big leagues. It doesn’t matter for whom. Just keep on getting opportunities and be grateful for the ones you have.”
Berry is still somewhat of a long-shot to make the Orioles’ Opening Day roster, having joined Baltimore on a minor-league deal. But having seen how fortunes can change in a hurry — going from Triple-A Omaha to a World Series a season ago — the 29-year-old is keeping an open mind.
If nothing else, the speedster used the opportunity with the Red Sox to show he could thrive in all kinds of roles.
“It was a part of my game I wasn’t used to,” Berry said of playing part-time. “I didn’t do much in my career, having played every day. Coming off the bench, it was a good experience to have that and to have some success to help me in my future.
“I’m just out here playing. I’ve done it all so I’m prepared for anything.”