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Josh Reddick drank of the dirty water and found it good. The first time he made the Red Sox starting lineup, he smoked two doubles and acted like he was a veteran, who’d been here for years. The next time, he hit his first big league home run, and conspicuously failed to act like a pumped-up rookie. He even took the pie in the face during his NESN interview with the aplomb of a diplomat.
With no apologies whatsoever to Satan Manning, Reddick has a laser rocket arm, great range, and — going by the fact that he’s started two games and not gotten injured — is less injury-prone than J.D. Drew. Who wants to play right field for the Red Sox?
For a team that occasionally wallows in its devotion to tradition and loyalty, it’s really exciting to see some new players who look like they’ll more than cut the mustard. V-Mart, as he’s already known, picked up five hits Sunday night and is versatile — if not particularly outstanding — in the field. That versatility, in turn, eases the strain on Jason Varitek, whose current back-up hasn’t been too inspiring at the plate.
However, I must take issue with the guy’s nickname, as I’ve now been sitting here for 10 damn minutes trying to think of a joke along the lines of “Shop Smart! Shop S-Mart!” Curse you, letter v! You’re always the Victor at V-Mart? Oh, screw it, I need a drink…