To say that the Red Sox had to make major changes after the 2012 season is like saying that Manti T’eo needs a PR firm. Since the end of season en fuego – en fuego not in a good way – the Red Sox have added 11 new players to help right a listing ship.
The Red Sox also needed to change a culture that had become both toxic and mean-spirited that had led to a tradition of losing. Pedro Martinez and Tim Wakefield have been working with the pitchers and Jason Varitek has been working with the catchers. Now Mike Lowell can be added to the list of former Red Sox greats that are showing up at Boston’s 2013 spring training camp. My mother, a rabid Red Sox fan and someone who thinks Mike Lowell is about the most handsome man on the planet, must be be doubly pleased.
Lowell was recently seen working with Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers, FL (Middlebrooks was injured in Wednesday’s game – look for Bill Smith’s post from last night). Boston’s 2007 World Series MVP looked as trim as the day he retired as he worked on defense with Middlebrooks and by all accounts thoroughly enjoyed himself.
“Pedroia wanted me to visit him,” Lowell told MLB.com’s Ian Browne. “That was part one. I think Pedey talked to Will and said we communicated and worked well together turning double plays and said he wouldn’t mind doing some stuff.”
Before he was injured last year, Middlebrooks was solid at the plate so it’s a natural that Lowell, a National League Gold Glove Award winner and four-time All-Star to go along with his World Series MVP would work the hot corner with Middlebrooks.
“We’re just working on my angles at third,” Middlebrooks told Browne. “You have to play it at like 45-degree angles, and a lot of times I get too flat and you get a lot of in-between hops and you don’t get to as many balls, so I’m just working on my angles and staying down on the ball.”