Thursday, December 12, 2013
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"These are the types of things we have to develop in order to be a consistent winner at the major league level again."
So, while fans are enjoying their stay in Portland, are Ranaudo and Britton stuck in Double-A all year?
"When guys are ready to go, we won't hold guys up because of the situation," Hazen said. "We'll figure out ways to get guys where they'll need to be."
JONATHAN DIAZ did not come up through the Red Sox system. Drafted by Toronto in 2006, he'd been in the Blue Jays organization until signing with Boston before this season.
He never reached the majors with Toronto. Diaz, who is married with three children, turned 28 in April. He had to wonder if he would ever make the big leagues -- and April did not help.
"I think I had four hits in April," Diaz said of his .095 batting average (4 for 42).
"Baseball is a hard sport and you just try to stay positive. You never know what's going to happen. I just tried to keep my work ethic up and play hard."
Those words should be posted in every minor league clubhouse. Diaz spoke them from the Boston Red Sox dugout on Saturday.
Diaz's batting came around, and with Boston needing an infielder on Saturday, Diaz got called up.
"It was an amazing feeling," Diaz said 90 minutes before the game. "You can imagine something you work for your whole life and get the opportunity to do it."
As opportunity would have it, he scored the winning run in a 5-4 victory the next day.
THE HOME STAND at Hadlock Field is filled with promotions: A pre-game concert by Motor Booty Affair (Monday), an appearance by Bernie Carbo at Tuesday's doubleheader, Civil War Night (Wednesday), fireworks (Thursday), Clay Buchholz bobbleheads (Friday), "Jersey Off Their Back" fundraiser (Saturday), Halloween at Hadlock (Sunday) and a noon weekday game (July 8).
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