Steve Pearce, the newest Boston Red Sox, has been in the league for 12 years and has played for seven different teams.
“I’ve been able to fit some roles with good teams and be the same guy no matter where I’ve been,” Pearce said to Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe. “But I know it’ll end at some point.”
He knows that he could be coming to the end of his career soon. But the 35 year-old has one goal with the Red Sox: win a World Series.
“I know it would be awesome to do something like that in Boston,” Pearce said. “That would be the way I want to go out.”
Pearce just may have happened upon the perfect situation to fulfil the ultimate goal of every Major Leaguer. At 59-29, the Red Sox have the most wins and the best record in baseball. They are on pace to win 109 games, which would be the most in franchise history (their record is 105 in 1912).
Not only is Pearce able to be a part of what is shaping up to be a historical regular season for the Red Sox, he is also well-positioned to be an important contributor. So far, he is 4-13 with two doubles and an RBI in five games since joining the team.
The Red Sox have struggled against left-handed pitching all season and Pearce happens to hit lefties particularly well. He has a .315/.362/.537 slash line against them this year in 54 at bats and has an .841 OPS against them for his career. Add on the fact that he plays first base and he is the perfect guy to give Mitch Moreland some time off here and there. Moreland has had to pick up a lot of the slack since Hanley Ramirez was released.
He’s also poised to fit seamlessly in the clubhouse. In the last six years, Pearce has spent parts of seasons with each team in the AL East, so he has gotten used to the faces and even some of the personalities.
“It was an easy transition,” Pearce said. “I walked in and the guys were like, ‘Hey, Steve Pearce.’ I felt right at home.”
Hopefully this feeling of being at home can solidify itself inside Pearce and he can help bring another championship to Boston, the home of the Red Sox.
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