In 4 ½ years of broadcasting Pawtucket Red Sox baseball, I’ve gotten to know approximately 300 different players.
I’m fairly certain that Lars Anderson is the only one that knows how to knit and crochet.
“Knitting is easier than crocheting,” Anderson told me. “I learned when I was in the first or second grade. I knit my girlfriend something for Christmas one year – she loved it.”
(photos courtesy of Kelly O’Connor)
Of course, Red Sox fans are more interested in Anderson’s hitting than his knitting, and lately, the 22-year-old first baseman has demonstrated why he is the #3 rated prospect in the Red Sox organization according to soxprospects.com.
Lars currently has a 9-game hitting streak, going 14-for-36 (.389) with 5 2B, 2 3B, and 6 RBI. In his last 21 games, Anderson is 28-for-78 (.359) with 11 2B, 2 3B, and 1 HR.
If you combine his overall numbers between Portland and Pawtucket this year, Lars is batting .270/.357/.470 in 85 games with 26 doubles, 2 triples, and 10 HR.
The left-handed hitting slugger is obviously putting his bat to good use, but what about those knitting needles?
“I haven’t made anything for probably a year or two,” Anderson said.
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This coming weekend is Hall of Fame Weekend in Cooperstown as Andre Dawson, umpire Doug Harvey, and manager Whitey Herzog will be inducted on Sunday afternoon.
PawSox manager Torey Lovullo obviously did not make it to Cooperstown in his 8-year major league playing career, but he did earn an honor that is nearly as prestigious when he was inducted into the UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame.
Here are some of the legends enshrined at UCLA: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Arthur Ashe, Evelyn Ashford, Jimmy Connors, Rafer Johnson, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Karch Kiraly, Reggie Miller, Corey Pavin, Jackie Robinson, Bill Walton, and John Wooden.
When Lovullo was inducted in 1999, he was part of a class that included Troy Aikman and 3-time Olympic gold medalist Gail Devers.
“Look at me – I am a bootleg ex-major leaguer who manages the Pawtucket Red Sox and I’m in company with those names,” Torey said. “It blows me away. The thing that I’m most proud of is that when I think of my career, it spanned so many years and so many teams, but the one thing I’ll always have is those four golden years at UCLA. That will never change. We won a lot of games and championships and when I’m mentioned with those names I have to pinch myself to make sure that I am hearing it correctly because those are some pretty spectacular names and I’m proud to be in that Hall.”
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The PawSox open a 4-game homestand against the Toledo Mud Hens on Monday night at 7:05.
I’ll join Bob Montgomery for TV coverage on Cox Cable throughout Rhode Island beginning at 7:00.
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