Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Jackie Bradley, Jr. Is All About Perspective

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Jackie Bradley, Jr. appeared on WEEI's Dennis & Callahan Morning Show and made it clear that he's comfortable as a major league player. Asked how nervous he was (on a scale of "1" to "10") in his first MLB at-bat, he calmly replied, "A '2'. When you're down 0-2, what's the worst that can happen?" He prides himself with keeping things in perspective. Said the Red Sox phenom, "It's just a game. I'm having fun." Asked about not getting his preferred uniform number 19, he said he was happy with whatever number he got. In fact, his #44 was so much lower than his Spring Training number, that he thinks it prevented the umpire from ringing him up in his first "rookie" at-bat. We also found out that he took his family and fiancee to Times Sq. after the game for dinner. The high-brow eatery they went to? Appelbee's. Bradley also confided that a few people have reached out and congratulated him on his debut—including Rays pitcher David Price and former Red Sox player J.D. Drew. The most exciting part of his first Opening Day? "When I heard my name called." All in all, the kid is composed, likable and very cool.