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Boston Red Sox Inside Pitch 2008-09-12

Boston Red Sox Inside Pitch 2008-09-12
It's been a whirlwind six weeks since Jason Bay arrived in Boston and assumed his power-hitting position in the middle of the Red Sox lineup.

The former Pirates outfielder resides a block away from Fenway Park with his 2-year-old and wife, and Thursday's off day represented a rare chance for the Bay family to take in some of the Hub's charms. On the agenda was a family trip to the Children's Museum in Boston, one of the first steps the Canadian outfielder is taking toward learning his new home city.

"I haven't really seen much of (Boston), but hopefully I'll get out and see things out there in the city a little more next year," said Bay, who had homered in three consecutive games before going 0-for-7 in Wednesday night's 14-inning loss to Tampa Bay. "Right now I've got a 2-year-old and a pregnant wife, so we're trying to keep things extremely low-key.

"Right now I know about one block, but I'm looking forward to getting to know it better."

The curiosity about all things Boston is a good thing for both Bay and the Sox. The outfielder has already expressed an interest in remaining in Red Stockings after his contract ends following the 2009 season, and the city of Boston seems to be a good fit.

"I don't know any person that wouldn't want to be here," said Bay. "When I first got here, Curt Schilling walked up to me and said, 'Welcome to baseball heaven.' I understand now what he's saying.

"The Red Sox and what they mean to the fans, the atmosphere and the fact that they're playoff contenders every year ... all of these things are huge. It would be great (to remain with the Red Sox), and I don't know anyone that would say 'no' to that question."

There might a left fielder wearing Dodger Blue who would argue with Bay's last statement, but things seem to have worked out for all parties in the deal that brought Bay to Boston.

In order to remain with the Red Sox, however, Bay must keep producing on the diamond, obviously, and that includes his first foray into the postseason assuming the Red Sox make it. The 29-year-old seems to be well on his way with 30 runs scored and 33 RBI in 35 games thus far in his new city.

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Added: September 12, 2008

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