Visiting great-grandma Gigi and seeing the band Muse will have to wait.
(photo courtesy of Kelly O’Connor)
On Sunday morning – several hours before being promoted to Boston for the first time in his career – Lars Anderson described the cross country adventure that he has planned for the end of his season.
“I’m going to drive to see my grandparents in Greensburg, Pennsylvania and spend a couple of days there,” Anderson said. “I’ll also see my great-grandmother – she’s 102 years old. She’s a pretty amazing woman.
“Then I’m driving to Gordonsville, Virginia where my sister lives to spend four or five days. From there, I’ll make a trek across the US where I’ll stop in Colorado to visit some family there and my old roommate and buddy from this organization Reid Engel. Hopefully we’ll do some fishing and hiking.
“If time permits, I’ll drive north hugging the Rockies and cross Montana, then maybe come down through Idaho or drive into Washington and Oregon and see some of the Sierras before winding up in Sacramento.
“There’s this band called Muse from England and they’re playing in Sacramento on the 28th of September and I’m going to try really hard to see them.”
Since the Red Sox will be playing until October 3rd (at least), Lars will have to miss the Muse concert – but he’s certainly not complaining. After hitting .330 (31-for-94) in his last 25 games for Pawtucket, Anderson was hoping for a September promotion.
“I look as it as a win-win,” Lars told me on Sunday morning. “Obviously the goal is to be in Boston at some point and that would be tremendous. If it doesn’t happen I get to go on a beautiful drive so either way it’s going to be cool.”
Between Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket, the 22-year old first baseman batted .274/.349/.461 with 37 doubles, 3 triples, and 15 HR in 130 games. His OPS jumped from .673 in 2009 to .810 in 2010.
“I just want to earn whatever comes my way,” Anderson said. “I want to end on a positive note. I feel that the last few weeks along with my first few weeks have been my best weeks this year and I’m happy about that. I’m happy that I’ve stayed mentally tough and have made the necessary adjustments. I feel good about my performance.”
It’s quite a change from the end of last season when Lars batted .154 in his final 40 games and cleared his head after the season by spending three weeks traveling to Germany, Turkey, Prague, and Budapest.
“Last year I had a strong desire to travel that kind of took away from my baseball season,” Lars told me. “I was able to exercise that and I don’t have that desire as much this year. I have a friend from high school that’s going to be studying and teaching in Ecuador and I wouldn’t mind seeing him down there, but I won’t be doing anything as grandiose as last off-season when I went halfway across the world. Maybe I’ll do something in the US – I love the southwest, so I’m sure I’ll do some traveling.”
If nothing else, he still has the cross country drive to look forward to.
It’s just been pushed back a month.
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The PawSox ended their season on a winning note on Monday by beating Syracuse 4-3. Pawtucket finished with a record of 66-78 by winning 12 of its last 17 games.
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