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Xander Bogaerts

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One of the differences between today’s sporting world and the way it used to be is that with round-the-clock sports coverage, “experts” are digging lower and lower into the talent pool for stories.  We live in the media age where the “8th Grade Top 60 National Players Ranking” actually exists and no one thinks its weird to scout 12 year old children.  You’ve got showcases and Baseball America and MaxPreps and all this, and that type of stuff breeds a whole lot of ego in young athletes (not that its all their fault).  So its that much more rare when a 20 year old kid like Xander Bogaerts shows up in a clubhouse full of veteran stars, and just quietly goes about his business, does what he is asked, and even more rare, looks like he belongs there.

There was a young player, also wearing the number 2, who had the same poised look about him back in 1996, and things turned out pretty well for him.

Bogaerts was a key piece to the Red Sox’ spectacular postseason run in 2013 and figures to be a star in Boston for years to come.  He doesn’t only share Jeter’s poise and number, but he actually wears his Rawlings pattern, too, with a tweak.

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