I once had the opportunity to speak with Jed Lowrie and ask him if it was true that he hit the first home run ever at New York's Citi Field. With a smile, he corrected me on two counts: first, it was pre-season (April 4, 2009) and second, it was a grand slam. Lowrie is one of those players who brings dignity and class to a major league uniform. A graduate of Stanford, he was Pac-10 Player of the Year in 2004. While he was often plagued with injuries, his time with the Red Sox was generally pretty productive. Over parts of four seasons in Boston, the switch-hitting shortstop batted .252 with 19 HRs and 117 RBIs. He was also solid defensively. Since he left, he hit .244 with 19 HRs in one year with the Astros and .291 in 169 games so far for Oakland. We wish him the best. Happy birthday, Jed!