Congratulations to Trail , BC native Jason Bay on a triumphant debut with the storeyed Boston Red-Sox franchise. Bay, formally of the Pittsburgh Pirates was part of a three team trade deadline deal that sent clubhouse trouble maker and future hall of famer, Manny Ramirez to the LA Dodgers.
Bay’s first appearance in a Red-Sox uniform featured no home-runs, two strikeouts and only one hit however a little reading between the box score lines reveals an all or nothing performance by the Bo-Sox most recent acquisition. Bay was the only Red-Sox to cross the plate in a 2-1, twelfth-inning victory over the visiting Oakland Athletics.
Bay more than filled that role last night, going 1 for 3 with two walks and two strikeouts and scoring both runs, including the winner on Jed Lowrie's infield single off former Sox reliever Alan Embree (1-4). Bay put himself in scoring position with his first Boston hit, a towering triple that threatened to leave the premises but hit the Wall.
"If that ball could've snuck out for me, it would've been better," Bay said when asked if he could have scripted a better debut. "I would've like to have done it in nine innings, because it's been a long day. But it doesn't matter, really.
"It definitely ranks up there as one of the better moments I've had."
The move from Pittsburgh to Boston is sure to thrust Jason Bay into the rabid east-coast media spotlight, something the 29 year-old hasn’t experienced languishing in the virtual invisible Pirates franchise.
With a .280 career batting average, 22 home-runs this season and a Canadian attitude that is simply the anti-Manny, Jason Bay may need to prepare himself for the long stay in the Bay state.