The Yankees have managed to lose 6 straight games to the Boston Red Sox dating back to last season. A large part of the Boston offense this season has come from Jason Bay and he has been particularly sharp against the Yankees.
So I’m sitting here wondering who is this guy?
Before being traded to Boston from the Pittsburgh Pirates I had never heard of Jason Bay – perhaps that’s because he was hidden in the desert of baseball – western Pennsylvania. Bay has been thrust into the national spotlight due to his play with Boston.
Acquired from the Pirates in the three-team trade for Manny Ramirez, Bay is hitting a career-high .311 this year for Boston, with a .479 OBP, also a career-high. However, Bay’s best output has come against the Yankees.
In five games, Bay is hitting 10-18 (.556) with 10 RBI, and 4 BB, making his OBP .636. He has been clutch for the Sox, hitting 3 HR, including a three-run shot on Tuesday that gave the Sox the lead for good against Joba Chamberlain.
After being drafted by the Montreal Expos in 2000, Bay bounced around the national league until 2003 when he was traded to the Pirates. In his MLB debut, Bay’s first hit was a ninth-inning homerun.
2004 was set to be his first full-time year, but he started the year on the DL and ended up playing only 120 games. Despite that, he lead all NL rookies with 26 HR and 82 RBI and was named the 2004 NL Rookie of the Year.
Bay overcame injuries and playing for a poor team to become a National League All-Star in 2005 and 2006. In ’05, Bay was a reserve outfielder for the NL and was the only player not to appear in the game. By 2006, however, Bay had done enough to make a name for himself and become the first Pittsburgh All-Star to start in the All-Star Game since 1993.
Bay is from BC, Canada and represented them in the 2006 and 2009 World Baseball Classics. He is married with two kids.