Friday, July 08, 2005
Alex Cora and Adam Stern. Combined 0-fer-6 on the night with 2 strikeouts and 4 men left on base, and a HBP (Stern, light ricochet off the foot).
Welcome to the Red Sox, kids.
More importantly, the call-up of Stern makes the Red Sox once again a two-Jew team, with both Stern and Kevin Youkilis quietly battling the cross-wearing masses. I'm pretty sure this makes the Red Sox the only team in Major League Baseball to sport two Jewish players on their 25-man roster right now. I was going to say Arizona (Shawn Green and Mike Koplove), but Koplove doesn't count because his father was Jewish but his mother wasn't (Judaism is passed down maternally, for the record), and he practices his mother's faith.
The NL Central remains this year's most Jewish division so far, though, with Brad Ausmus on the Astros, Jason Marquis on the Cardinals, and John Grabow on the Pirates. If David Newhan gets called back up for the Orioles, though, the AL East would tie it up.
And if the Red Sox get Gabe Kapler back at any point this season while keeping both Stern and Youks on the roster... well. A team with 3 Jews on it. I honestly can't think of the last time that would have happened.