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Craig excited about first homer for the Sox

Published On August 27, 2014 | By Tyler Scionti

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Perhaps one of the more underscored moves by the Sox during the trade deadline was the addition of Allen Craig.

It’s not hard to see why, really, after all with a big name player like Yoenis Cespedes coming to Boston it’s pretty easy to get lost in the shuffle. That said, Craig is a pretty good player in his own right; at 29 years old he boast a career .289 batting average with the potential to hit 20+ homers alongside 90+ RBI’s.

In fact, in 2013 the big righty hit at a .315/.373/.457 clip while driving in 97. He’s seen quite a drop off in 2014 though due to various injuries hitting just .233 on the year, which is probably why the Cards were so willing to let him go. Despite all that, he gave Red Sox Nation a glimpse of what he is capable of when he hit his first homer in  Sox uniform on Tuesday night.

In a seven-run 11th inning comeback for the Sox, Craig hit a two-run jack to right center, his first for the Sox. The newly acquired outfielder/first baseman was ecstatic.

“It felt great to hit the first home run in the uniform and really contribute to a big win and a big inning that we really needed,” Craig said after the game. “It felt really good.”

Craig added more after, saying how well the team has meshed together since getting to know one another, giving us all hope for 2015 and beyond.

“I think that when you put that many good hitters in a lineup, when things are going good, everyone feeds off each other,” Craig said. “Obviously, it takes time to get to know everybody and what everyone likes to do, but it’s exciting. It’s exciting to be a part of.”

Despite his injury history, Craig gives the Sox a lot of flexibility. As a fourth outfielder/first baseman/DH who can hit north of .300 (alongside a career .362 average with runners in scoring position), Craig could be a big part of the Sox next year as they hope to reboot their roster and make a run at the post season.

Glad to have you back to your power-hitting ways Craig, and congrats!

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Hi I'm Tyler Scionti, I'm a member of the class of 2015 at the College of the Holy Cross where I study English and Economics. At school I cover a variety of sports while also writing a beat column on the Boston Red Sox.