After making his debut for the Red Sox – a triumphant 8-2 win in which he impressed with his base running, defense and patience at the plate – rookie Jackie Bradley Jr. celebrated with his family in New York City’s Times Square.
“We all went out to Times Square and just hung out because my family has never been to Times Square,’’ Bradley said on WEEI’s Dennis & Callahan morning show on Tuesday. “I wanted to show them what the big city bright lights had to offer. So we all went to Applebee’s.’’
With a large family contingent, one has to wonder how he was able to procure a big enough table at the chain restaurant, in Times Square, nonetheless.
“I was able to sneak right on in there,’’ Bradley said. “I’m not a well known face.’’
Against the Yankees on Opening Day, Bradley finished 0 for 2 at the plate, with three walks and a strikeout. He scored two runs. He was asked whether he was surprised he drew a walk against Yankees ace C.C. Sabathia after going down 0-2 in the count.
“Very, because as a rookie you want to swing the bat and show what you can do,’’ he said. “But I also wanted to stick with my approach and try to work him a bit.’’
Bradley certainly wowed observers when he tracked down a deep shot by Robinson Cano in left field.
“I didn’t get a good jump off Cano’s ball because he surprised me,’’ Bradley said. “I was able to get back there in time. I guess I have to give him a little more respect next time.’’
The 22-year-old outfielder said he was calm for his first big league experience.
“I’m a pretty relaxed guy. I like to chill, take it on. If I get down 0-2, what’s the worst that can happen?’’
The hosts repeatedly asked Bradley if he would re-sign in 2019, when his first shot at free agency could occur.
“Yeah, we shall see,’’ said Bradley laughing. “I hope I’m still alive then.’’