One of the quieter moves made by Ben Cherington over the offseason was to snag outfielder Cody Ross away from San Francisco (where he won a championship in 2010), and then slide him into an outfield already brimming with potential. Ross had shown flashes of high-caliber offensive play and he was always an above average fielder so his propensity to pull the ball in a park with a short LF could make him a bargain at only $3mil.
That leads us to tonight when ‘Ross the Boss’ crushed a 3 run shot over the monster for a walk-off win against the White Sox. The game winner was an encore to last night’s performance when he absolutely RAKED, hitting TWO 3R HR over The Monster and almost had a third until the wind from that night’s thunderstorms knocked it down just shy.
In fact, Ross has done nothing BUT rake at Fenway Park. Before tonight’s game his home splits were nothing short of silly: .281 AVG, .633 SLG, 13 2B, 10 HR, 31 RBI
It’s been a while since we’ve seen someone take advantage of the wall like this. To make things even better, he plays the game with the grit of Trot Nixon and the childlike joy of a Little League ballplayer. Cherington’s 3 million didn’t just get the team some Fenway offense but it got them a player that is just flat out fun to watch. It’s official, I’m a Cody Ross fan.