Reddick making his mark with a Flair

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Reddick making his mark with a Flair

By Jessica Camerato
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BOSTON -- In a clubhouse lined with red folding chairs in front of the lockers, a single black seat stood out. It was, appropriately enough, placed under a replica championship belt and an ornate Ric Flair Nature Boy robe hanging from the ceiling.

Josh Reddick had been waiting weeks for this, a gift from a friend who works for the WWE. It was a Triple H-themed folding chair, memorabilia of Reddick's favorite wrestler, with the wrestler's face on the seat cushion.

Hes always been a guy -- I know they say its all fake -- but hes always someone Ive enjoyed watching because it looks like a passion more than just a job and an entertainment, Reddick said. He takes it really seriously even though the situations, they say, are fake.

The WWE became a topic of conversation in the Red Sox clubhouse this season when Reddick purchased Flairs autographed robe on eBay for his lockermate, Dustin Pedroia, a fellow WWE fan. The flashy extra-large garb, with the nickname Nature Boy bedazzled on the back, has become a mainstay in their quarters above Pedroias locker.

Reddick took his love for the WWE on to the field last month when he switched his at-bat music from Dropkick Murphys Cadence to Arms to Also Sprach Zarathustra, best known as the theme song from 2001: A Space Odyssey. It is also Flairs entrance music.

I never go out there trying to be too amped up, so I try not to pick something thats going to be too intense. Everything I pick Ive enjoyed hearing, he said. It clears my head more than anything.

After a few games with the dramatic song, Reddick changed his at-bat music again. It was a song he had used in the minors leagues and had wanted to play in the majors, but was waiting for the right time -- I dont think Im ready for that yet. Its hard, its hard rock, he said earlier. With the regular season winding down, Reddick went for it and chose his wrestling idols entrance song, The Game, by Motrhead.

I like most of the wrestlers music, he said. Most of the guys that walk out in wrestling have the hard-core, head-banging kind of thing. Thats not really my taste in music, so I dont really want that to be associated with me. But thats always one that Ive enjoyed. Triple H is old fashioned and obviously hes a legend and everybody likes him, and the fans seem to get into it a little bit too.

Reddick tries to catch WWE shows whenever they come to a town nearby (he spends his offseason in Georgia) and has met a few wrestlers as well. Ive actually been like four feet away from the Undertaker, whos a big guy, he noted. While he points out differences between them and baseball players, he says they have a common objective.

They obviously can get away with being a lot bigger than the average person and apparently baby oil is a huge objective for them to come out on TV (laughs). And theyre not afraid to come out in their sliders and spandex alone, he said. But theyve got the awesome entrances with the fireworks and the videos and the music. Theyre huge entertainers and we kind of share that in common.

So if Reddick had the chance to spend a day in a wrestlers shoes, what would his persona be?

Obviously Id have to put on about 30 more pounds, he joked. I feel like Id be one of those high-flying guys that just jumps up off the ropes all the time doing all kinds of crazy flips, that kind of thing. Id be loud -- Id have to be loud. The quiet guys dont really make it a whole lot. I would probably wear the standard Speedo with kneepads and boots. Itd have to be red. Reds been my color since I dont know how long.

"But I dont think theres much room for country music in that kind of lifestyle, I havent heard anyone walk out to country music. I dont know what entrance song I would pick because usually bands make up music for wrestlers like that. I think Nickelback would be a good one.

While Reddick is focused on contributing to the Red Sox quest for a championship, he may have an opportunity to look like a pro wrestler, if only for a few hours. There is a tradition of rookies wearing costumes on their last road trip of the regular season, and the Ric Flair Nature Boy coat hanging from the ceiling in the clubhouse could be the perfect get-up.

I dont know if Im going to do it yet, but weve talked about it being my costume dress up for the last road trip, he said. I threw it out there that if I bleached my hair white, would I get to wear the robe and the belt and all that stuff? They (my teammates) said that wouldnt be a problem, so well see how that goes. At least itd be something I can have fun with and enjoy.

And its not like my first year when I wore my blue fairy outfit.

Jessica Camerato is on Twitter at http:twitter.com!JCameratoNBA

Red Sox place Benintendi (knee) on 15-day DL

Red Sox place Benintendi (knee) on 15-day DL

BOSTON - The Red Sox have placed outfielder Andrew Benintendi on the 15-day disabled list after he sustained a sprained knee while running the bases in a 4-3 loss to the Rays on Wednesday night. 

Benintendi had an MRI on the knee and the Red Sox medical staff will review the results when the team returns to Boston. Chris Young started in left field for the day game against the Rays on Thursday and infielder Marco Hernandez was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket.

More to come…

Quotes, notes and stars: Ortiz the oldest to hit 30 home runs in a season

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Quotes, notes and stars: Ortiz the oldest to hit 30 home runs in a season

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 4-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays:

QUOTES:

"It's one of those freak things. You don't plan on it happening, but it's one of those things. So we'll just see what the results say and move on from there.'' - Andrew Benintendi on his knee injury.

"That's kind of a routine 3-1 play. Unfortunately, it comes at a time when you've got two outs and a guy on the move. But that's a routine play.'' - John Farrell on the deciding play in which Heath Hembree couldn't hold onto the ball at first.

"I felt good. I felt strong.I felt good out there the whole game.'' - Rick Porcello, asked how he felt going back out for the eighth inning.

"I think everybody in the ballpark knew that that ball was leaving.'' - Porcello, on the hanging curveball to Evan Longoria.

 

NOTES:

* The loss snapped a five-game winning streak against the Rays for the Red Sox.

* Three of the four Red Sox walk-off losses this season have occurred because of errors.

* The homer by Evan Longoria was his first off Rick Porcello in 40 career at-bats.

* Rick Porcello has now pitched seven innings or more in six straight starts, the longest run for a Red Sox starter since John Lackey did it in 2013.

* David Ortiz is now the oldest player to ever hit 30 homers in a season

* Ortiz has now reached the 30-homer, 100-RBI level 10 times with the Red Sox, including the last four years in a row.

* The loss was the first of Heath Hembree's career, in his 67th major league appearance.

* Dustin Pedroia tied a career high with two stolen bases, the 12th time he's swiped two bases in the same game.

 

STARS:

1) Evan Longoria

The Rays were down to their final five outs when Longoria struck, hitting a game-tying homer off Rick Porcello.

2) Brad Miller

Miller's two-run double in the third enabled the Rays to stay close until Longoria's homer tied things up five innings later.

3) Rick Porcello

Porcello gave the Sox length and was brilliant in getting out of some early jams before settling in through the middle innings.