This from the Fort Myers News-Press.....and then a comment. And as always, check out the ENTIRE article by clicking on the title.......here ya go......
"The Red Sox don't expect Lugo to field as well as Gonzalez did last year. They don't expect anybody to field that well.
"Maybe the best shortstop we've ever seen," Red Sox manager Terry Francona said of Gonzalez. "The best shortstop I've ever seen. Nobody else is going to do that again unless Gonzalez does it again in Cincinnati. That's how good he is. This guy (Julio Lugo) brings some different things. Lugo is more of a hitter. He has a career .277 average, with 68 homers and 139 stolen bases.
"He plays with a ton of energy," Francona said.
Francona believes Lugo will benefit from the Boston baseball passion.
"He's got that type of attitude that I think in Boston will make him a better player," Francona said. "The full house every night and the atmosphere we have I think will bring out the best player he can be.
Peter here...and no one, I repeat no human with two hands could do defensively what Alex G. did last year, just as no one could repeat Jonathon Papelbon's last year achievements either. But in Julio Lugo, of the Dominican Republic (where else?), we have a guy who will field his position just fine, thank you, AND be the spark plug that the Sox need at the top of the order. There has been talk of Coco Crisp batting in the second spot, but I think the ideal fit, a guy who is pitch selective AND gets on base so much, would be Kevin Youklis. So don't be surprised to see Kevin batting second, and Coco, with his speed, nearer the bottom (7th or 8th) of the order. Either way, we are WINNERS!
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