Playing the numbers game

Jeremy Hermida wore No. 27 during his career with the Marlins and asked for it when he was traded to Boston.

But those digits, as any good Red Sox fan knows, were retired in honor of one Carlton Ernest “Pudge” Fisk.

“I found that out right away,” Hermida said. “No deal.”

Hermida then tried for 23, but that Mike Cameron used his veteran status to claim that. He finally got his third choice, 32.

“Good solid number,” Hermida said. “There was no special reason, I just liked it.”

As for the other prominent (or semi-prominent) newcomers, here are the numbers they have:

16: Marco Scutaro
22: Bill Hall
23: Mike Cameron
29: Adrian Beltre
30: Boof Bonser
40: John Lackey
46: Joe Nelson
55: Brian Shouse
70: Tug Hulett
76; Jose Iglesias
89: Gaby Hernandez

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