Jose Iglesias hasn’t necessarily been shy about how much he wants to be on the big league roster.
“I feel comfortable here,” he said. “I feel really comfortable here.”
With Stephen Drew taking the day off to rest, Iglesias took the opportunity to shine, going 3 for 4 with a double, an RBI and a run scored as the Sox rallied to beat the Indians 7-4. After starting the season with the with the parent club, he had been in Pawtucket since April, when Drew returned from a concussion.
There were signs that he wasn’t altogether happy about being there. He was benched earlier this month by PawSox manager Gary DiSarcina for not hustling down the line on a ground ball. But called back up on Friday with a Sox in a pinch after putting third baseman Will Middlebrooks on the disabled list, he could possibly be playing himself into a position as an extra infielder.
“It’s clear he’s extremely confident and he believes in himself,” Sox manager John Farrell said. “You see it in his actions, the way he carries himself. It’s not in a disrespectful way. He is very sure of himself. We saw it as spring training unfolded. It was reinforced in the time he was here through the time he was here before Stephen [Drew] returned to us. He comes back to us again and he’s a strong believer in himself and his abilities to play at this level.”
The major league atmosphere has an impact on Iglesias’s performance. He now has 13 hits in 27 major league at-bats compared 24 in 119 in the minors.
“You’ve got the motivation here to win the game,” Iglesias said. “We’ve got a reason to play 100 percent, for the fans, for you guys, for the team, for the organization. Up there [in Pawtucket] it’s kind of difficult. You still want to win. You still try to do your best but you go to the field and you see three people in the stands, it’s cold weather, it’s kind of tough. You’ve got to push yourself a little harder.”
There’s also a comfort level in the clubhouse, where he’s locker neighbors with slugger and leader David Ortiz.
“I think that comes from being around these guys and getting along with everybody and being consistent with my workouts and my routine,” Iglesias said. “That’s basically what I’ve been doing. That’s where my confidence comes from.”