Every time the Red Sox obtain a new player, people e-mail to ask what number he is getting.
It’s part of what makes baseball so much fun. You can walk up to any good Red Sox fan and say “No. 8” and get “Carl Yastrzemski” as a response right away.
Anyway, according to the Red Sox website, here are the new numbers for some young players who had football numbers last year:
Jose Iglesias: 10 (was 58)
Will Middlebrooks: 16 (was 64)
Ryan Lavarnway 20 (was 60)
Pedro Ciriaco: 23 (was 77)
Daniel Nava: 29 (was 66)
Felix Doubront 35 (was 61)
Junichi Tazawa: 36 (was 63)
As for the new veteran players:
David Ross: 3 (formerly Mike Aviles)
Jonny Gomes: 5 (formerly Nick Punto)
Stephen Drew: 7 (formerly Cody Ross)
Shane Victorino: 18 (formerly Daisuke Matsuzaka)
Koji Uehara: 19 (formerly Josh Beckett)
Brock Holt: 26 (formerly Scott Podsednik)
Ryan Dempster: 46 (formerly Franklin Morales, now 56)
Joel Hanrahan: 52
Dempster has worn 46 for much of his career. Bet there’s a story behind that. Hanrahan had 52 with the Pirates.
(No, 26 is not retired by the Red Sox. That seems like a crime.)
New manager John Farrell has 53. Here are his coaches:
Brian Butterfield: 13
Torey Lovullo: 22
Greg Colbrunn: 28
Arnie Beyeler: 43
Juan Nieves: 47
Gary Tuck: 57
Victor Rodriguez: 58
Colbrunn had 28 for much of the time he played in the majors. Adrian Gonzalez had it last year. Lovullo never had 22 in the majors.
If you are interested in Red Sox numbers, they are all at RedSoxDiehard.com. You’ll thank me tomorrow when you kill time at work looking at the lists.