Bogaerts: 'Trying to be calm and loose'

Bogaerts: 'Trying to be calm and loose'
October 23, 2013, 10:15 pm
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If you had asked Xander Bogaerts when the season started if he'd be the Red Sox starting third baseman in Game 1 of the World Series, his reply would have been?

"No chance," he said. "I wasn't even a third baseman. I would never imagine that. But it worked out well, you know?"

The 21-year-old's patience at the plate is among the reasons he's now earned a starting spot.

"What I learned coming up in the Red Sox organization try to be calm and be loose," Bogaerts said. "I'm trying to use all the information I get. I had Dwight Evans come down, Rich Gedman."

His teammates see the poise beyond his years.

"He talks to all the veterans," Mike Napoli said. "He wants to learn."

Originially a shortstop, Bogaerts was tutored at third base by the man whose starting spot he took this postseason, Will Middelbrooks.

"It's tough, but it's not about me, it's not about winning the World Series," Middlebrooks said.