Xander Bogaerts was not in Tuesday's starting lineup against the Baltimore Orioles, but the 20-year-old Red Sox rookie was excited to be at Fenway Park. It was only his third time at the park, and his first time on the field for batting practice.
He took some grounders at shortstop and third base before taking batting practice roughly two hours before first pitch.
His first observation? Fenway Park is nothing like the fields he played on in his native Aruba.
"A lot of rocks in Aruba,” Bogaerts said. “No rocks here. Plain, smooth, a big difference, especially with all the fans. Hopefully I get to see all the fans tonight. Not too many stadiums are big like this in Aruba.”
Against the Dodgers Saturday, Bogaerts collected his first major league hit, a single, after entering the game in the eighth inning. On Sunday, he was 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI in an 8-1 win – the team’s fourth on the six-game West Coast trip.
“I’m really enjoying every moment of it,” Bogaerts said. “Thankfully, we won a few games so it made it a lot better. I’m just thankful to be here.”