Saturday, April 18, 2015

Ryan Lavarnway's Bittersweet Return To Fenway

 (US Presswire)
In 2008, the Red Sox selected him in the 6th round out of Yale. He was supposed to be a mainstay behind the plate at Fenway for years—maybe even an heir apparent to Jason Varitek. But things got complicated for Ryan Lavarnway. The offensive potential never materialized and he drifted in the Boston system for years. Other catching prospects moved ahead of him. Finally, he was put on waivers and moved through three different MLB rosters since last December. He has settled in The Charm City and is doing OK as a back-up for the Orioles. Most likely, he will start against his old club today at 4:05 PM. Says Lavarnway, "Yeah, this place will always hold a special place for me. My first experience in professional baseball, my first opportunity. It's a great place for me. The city, the fans have always been great." Welcome back, Ryan!