J.D. Drew is terrifying


wally gator.jpg

FORT MYERS, Fla. — There are alligators in this part of Florida and they’re everywhere. There’s even a few in the pond behind Field 5 at the Player Development Complex.

NESN’s Don Orsillo, a fisherman, spotted a big gator in the pond behind his rented condo a few days ago and snapped a few photos. He wondered whether they could be legally hunted. Not that he wanted to hunt them. He just wondered.

J.D. Drew, outfielder and avid outdoorsman, seemed like a good person to ask.

Turns out you need a special license to hunt alligators in Florida. “But it’s easier to ask forgiveness than it is to ask permission.” J.D. said with a twinkle in his eye.

Advertisement

According to J.D., you can hunt alligators with a bow and arrow or a gun. Or you can use his method.

Drew said he was in a boat with his son once when they hooked an alligator with a fishing lure. He had his son hold the pole and took position to try and leap on the alligator.

“I figured I could get him myself,” he said. “He was about five or six feet.”

“With your bare hands?” I asked.

J.D. gave me his best “no, you stupid city boy” look.

“I had a knife,” he said.

But the line snapped and the gator got away. J.D. missed his chance.

So next time you read about J.D. missing a game with a bad hamstring and consider complaining, consider that this is a guy who was willing to jump out of a perfectly good boat and attack a man-sized alligator with a knife.

————

As for me, I am not going alligator hunting, but I do have two days off. Nick Cafardo and Mike Vega will keep you informed of all the Sox news and I’ll be back on Friday.

Close
Ski season updates, free from the Boston Globe.
Get the Globe's free newsletter, It's All Downhill, for the latest from the slopes.
Thanks for signing up!