He's a rookie, but Johnson has a following


He's a rookie, but Johnson has a following

JaJuan Johnson admits the more comfortable he is around a person, the more he opens up.
This offseason, the Boston Celtics rookie took the extra time during the NBA lockout to do just that -- open up to his fans.
Johnson was active on Twitter and has over 20,000 followers to date on his account, @JaJuanJohnson
I just wanted them to get to know me as a person a little bit, he told CSNNE.com. Obviously they wont fully get to know me because during the lockout, it was kind of hard to get with those kinds of people and stuff like that. I guess that was just one way of me getting to know me.
Johnsons rookie offseason was unique because of the lockout. Instead of making community appearances and participating in events around the city of Boston as many would under normal circumstances, the 22 year old moved back home to Indiana to live with his mother, stepfather, and younger sister.
Even nearly 1,000 miles from Boston, he was able to open himself up to Celtics fans. And in turn, he learned something from them as well.
Thats all they care about -- they always talk about Banner 18, Johnson said. Theres probably not a day that goes by that somebody doesnt mention Banner 18 to me on Twitter. But its cool. Thats the expectation out here.

Quotes, notes and stars: Pomeranz 'made one pitch that hurt' Red Sox

Quotes, notes and stars: Pomeranz 'made one pitch that hurt' Red Sox

BOSTON - Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 4-2 loss to the Detroit Tigers:


"He pitched as we had anticipated at the time of the trade.'' - John Farrell on Drew Pomeranz.

"I had a good curveball and I was locating my fastball a lot better. I was in a lot better counts all night, but I made one pitch that hurt us.'' - Pomeranz on his outing.

"He was able to limit the damage against a very good offensive team. He pitched well enough to win. I just wish we could have put more runs on the board for him.'' - Jackie Bradley Jr. on Pomeranz.



* Until Monday night, the Red Sox had won their last six series openers.

* Drew Pomeranz has allowed four or fewer hits in 12 of his 18 starts this season.

* Eleven of Travis Shaw's last 15 hits have been for extra bases.

* Jackie Bradley Jr. had his 25th multi-hit game.

* Sandy Leon is hitting .500 (11-for-22) with runners in scoring position.

* The Red Sox are 21-21 in games decided by two or fewer runs.

* Dustin Pedroia (walk, single) has reached base in 28 straight games.

* Xander Bogaerts has 133 hits through 97 games. Since 1940, only Wade Boggs (134 in 1983; 135 in 1987) and Adrian Gonzalez (135 in 2011) had more.


1) Justin Verlander

Verlander has enjoyed a bounce-back season of sorts this year, and the Red Sox got to see it up close Monday night as Verlander limited them a single run over six innings.

2) Jose Iglesias

The former Red Sox shortstop haunted his old team with a two-run homer in the sixth to put the Tigers ahead to stay.

3) Drew Pomeranz

The lefty absorbed the loss, but pitched well enough to win, giving up two runs in six innings while striking out seven.