Marrero: 'I get to start my dream'

Marrero: 'I get to start my dream'
June 20, 2012, 11:33 pm
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BOSTON -- Deven Marrero will report to Single-A Lowell on Thursday. But first, he made a stop into Fenway Park before Boston's game against the Miami Marlins on Wednesday.
Marrero was drafted 24th overall by the Red Sox in this year's draft, and the shortstop from Arizona State signed with the organization earlier this week.
He showed up at Fenway, tossed on the red jersey, white pants, and navy blue Boston cap, and took batting practice and ground balls with the likes of Mike Aviles and Dustin Pedroia.
Being able to turn two with Pedroia -- even if it is in a practice setting -- was a special moment for Marrero. Both are now former Sun Devils. He even refers to Pedroia as a "legend." And as of Wednesday, Marrero will begin his journey to one day turn two with Pedroia in an actual game at Fenway Park.
"That guy's the best at what he does, and he does it the right way," said Marrero on Wednesday. "And for him to be at Arizona State, and for me to be at Arizona State, that's something that I would like to do. That's a dream come true right there, to play aside that guy up the middle, and to turn two with that guy. He's a great ballplayer, and that's someone that I want to be like, definitely."
Marrero said he hit a few balls into the monster seats during batting practice. But right now, he still considers himself a "gap-to-gap" hitter.
"My job is to get on base, steal some bags, and have fun with it," he said.
Marrero certainly had fun in his Fenway experience on Wednesday. But it wasn't his first. He took batting practice at Fenway last summer with Team USA.
This time though, he got to do it with the Boston Red Sox. And he's ready to begin his journey to getting back with them again.
"I'm just glad that I'm getting my career started," said Marrero. "Hopefully you see me up here soon to help this ball club win. That's my goal.
"It hit me when I signed that dotted line. It hit me then that it was official. And then in the locker room, seeing all the guys. And then walking out here and doing all this stuff. This is real now. I get to start my dream. And I can't wait."