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Mike Lowell: "I'm still at peace with my decision"

Posted by Nicole Auerbach  July 22, 2011 06:39 PM

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Former Red Sox third baseman Mike Lowell is in Boston with his family. He's visiting his ex-teammates and, of course, his old stomping grounds -- Fenway Park. After the Red Sox took batting practice this afternoon, the recently retired Lowell chatted with the media.

"Had a nice dinner with [Dustin] Pedroia last night -- he caught me up to speed," said Lowell, who currently resides in Miami. "The kids are good. We're enjoying it."

Lowell was asked if he considered himself an ex-Red Sox or an ex-Marlin, a valid question considering he won a World Series title with each team. He said neither -- an "ex-player." Lowell said he thinks fans remember him more as a Red Sox player, though.

"The memories are much fresher and the constant support -- you can't even compare Boston and Miami," It's really cool to come back here and see almost an abnormal passion for the sport."

Lowell's return to Fenway sparked questions about his future in baseball. He's midway through his first season as a retired ballplayer. Could he make a comeback as a player? Does he want to manage? How about television?

"My hip feels so good right now," said Lowell, referencing an injury that plagued him throughout the last three years of his career. "If I had to, I could [play]. ... I miss coming to a challenge every day. It's kind of what I've known for the better part of the last 17 years. I miss my friends.

"I'm still at peace with my decision, so I think I made the right one."

Lowell said he's not ready to consider a minor league or big league coaching career at this stage in his life. He said he enjoys working with the MLB Network because he gets to follow games and talk baseball.

Other than that, Lowell said he doesn't really watch full games. He watches innings or at-bats that interest him.

And Lowell has begun his coaching career -- by coaching his son's T-ball team.

"The T-ball 6-and-under Texas Rangers went undefeated," Lowell said. "I was the assistant coach. ... We don't keep score, so I tell the kids they win every game, which is perfect. I think they were worried about, 'Where's the pizza and juice?' more than who's up at bat."

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