Fort Myers, Fla. - Mike Lowell enters his 3rd season wit the Red Sox. His first met by a collective yawn by Red Sox Nation. Feeling he was just a throw in in the Josh Beckett trade with Florida. Oh how wrong he proved everyone.
"Well, the feeling was great but my approach was I almost tried to downplay everything in the playffs," says Lowell. "I had 6 good months. I didn't see why the 7th should be any different because we had faced the same teams . One you start thinking different you're going to start performing differently so I wasn't surprised. I was able to do a good job. The MVP award was special. I'm kind of glad we didn't go to a 5th game. because if Josh dominated then maybe he takes it.
At seasons's end Red Sox fans spoke loudly and clearly. They wanted to see World Series MVP Mike Lowell return to ther team. They got their wish. Lowell resigned for 3 years and 37 and a half million dollars last November.
"I think it was a mutual thing," says the Sox 3rd baseman. "I always said I wanted to take the free agency thing step by step. Just to make sure I was doing everything the right way. More just like it just like an experience I hadn't gone through. I think from the first offer on they told me there was a genuine interst in bringing me back. I never lied to them saying I didn't want to come back. I didn't want to play other teams off from them or stuff like that.
The sure gloved 3rd sacker and the rest of the Red Sox will have a lot of work to do in a short amount of time this spring. They open their season in Japan against Oakland March 25th.
"I think the guys are going to get more at bats earlier in spring training. we're not going to go through the first two weeks with guys getting jsut one at-bat and taking it home. I think we're really cutting down spring training by almost ten days so that's significant but the laat ten days everyone's ready.
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