The legendary Billy Wayne “Bubba” Bell has arrived in Pawtucket.
He was promoted from Double-A Portland on Monday and would have been in the starting lineup if Pawtucket’s game against Charlotte hadn’t been rained out.
I first started talking about Bubba Bell on our broadcasts in 2007 when he got off to the greatest start in baseball history with Single-A Lancaster.
Think I’m exaggerating?
In the 2nd game of the season, Bell was 4-for-5 with 2 HR and 6 RBI.
In the 3rd game, Bubba was 3-for-5 with 2 HR and 4 RBI.
In the 4th game, he was 4-for-6 with 1 HR and 5 RBI.
In the 5th game, Bubba only managed 1 hit . . . but still drove in 3 runs
In case you didn’t do the math, that’s 5 HR and 18 RBI after the first 5 games of the season.
Bell stayed with Lancaster for roughly half the season and was named the California League’s MVP, batting .370 with 22 HR and 83 RBI in 76 games. Bubba was promoted to Double-A Portland on July 5th, and finished the year with a combined .337 average, 26 HR, and 105 RBI.
From all accounts, he is the classic “dirt dog” . . . a fan favorite who busts his tail on every play. That should be no surprise considering how he got his nickname.
It was given to him before he was born. When his parents learned they were going to have a son, his dad started calling him “Bubba” because he thought it sounded like a good baseball name.
I think his father’s name is Nostradamus Bell.
I look forward to calling Bubba Bell’s Triple-A debut on Tuesday night.
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Clay Buchholz was scheduled to pitch on Monday, but will not start either game of Tuesday’s doubleheader. Clay had nearly completed his warm-up tosses before the field had to be covered, so the Red Sox will not have him go through the process again one night later. Kris Johnson will pitch Game 1 and Charlie Zink will take the mound in Game 2.
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Jonathan Van Every is back on the disabled list due to a recurrence of his left knee sprain. He was scheduled to be examined by a Red Sox team doctor on Monday. It’s been a tough year for JV. He missed most of spring training with an ankle injury and this will be the 2nd time his knee injury has forced him to go on the DL.
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Tuesday’s twin bill will start at 5:30. I hope you’ll join us for the radio call beginning with the pre-game show at 5:15 on the PawSox radio network and PawSox.com.
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