It's officially Opposite Day for Stephen Drew

It's officially Opposite Day for Stephen Drew
August 1, 2014, 7:00 pm
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BOSTON - For Stephen Drew, Friday night is going to feel pretty backwards.

Not only is Drew coming out of the visitor's dugout - for the Yankees, of all teams - but he'll trot out to second base.

Just a few days ago he was playing shortstop for the Red Sox. Time flies when you're having . . . well, never mind.

The Drew signing was like a disaster from the start. Having missed the first three months of action with the team while waiting for another deal, Drew was obviously behind schedule upon his return. On top of that, he hurt his oblique in his return process, which further slowed him up. And once he did finally return? Well, the bat didn't come with. Drew hit just .176 with 4 home runs and 11 RBI over 40 games this season. Combine that with the Sox having to move Xander Bogaerts to third base and we had a real situation on our hands.

But that's all in the past now. Drew's now "visiting" Fenway for the next three days. But he enjoyed his time with the team he won a World Series with last year.

"I do want to thank Boston for allowing me to come here and last year," Drew said at a press conference to a room full of reporters. "Just playing with the Yankees tonight, looking back and looking at Fenway and what it means to me coming off a championship year last year and knowing that feeling.

"I was a big piece of that and everybody that was there that moved on as well, they were too. This is part of the business. But I'd like to say thanks to the fans, the head guys, the coaching staff, everybody, the players that allow me to come in here last year and get a World Championship here. It's something that you dream about as a little kid and that dream came true."

While Drew's re-arrival in Boston pushed Bogaerts to third base, the same obviously isn't the case in New York with Derek Jeter manning the shortstop position. That put Drew at second base, after the Yankees designated Brian Roberts for assignment. For Drew, it'll be a blast from the past - the very distant past.

"I played two months in 10th grade at second base in varsity," Drew said. "So it's gonna be a challenge. But like I said, I pride myself in the defense. Looking forward to new challenges. It's something new. I'm not going to say that I can't do it. I have confidence in myself and I've been playing with a second baseman that I think is going to be a Hall of Famer one day for the Red Sox, [Dustin Pedroia]. I've watched him and learned from him. It's amazing that you can learn stuff just playing with a guy like that. I commend him for how he goes about his job over there at second. Hopefully I can take some of that stuff with me."

Now, Drew gets another view from the field, and gets to turn double plays with the future Hall of Famer Derek Jeter. That's not such a bad deal.

"This is going to be an honor for me to get to play with Jeter," Drew said. "Everybody knows in baseball that he's the guy. I'm just going to soak it in and learn as much as I can from him and just worry about these two months and try to get to the playoffs. I'm only a piece to the puzzle. I'm not going to fix everything. Hopefully I can go out there and help out with defense and offense as well."