10/23/07 8:12 PM ET
Heart of the Order: J.D. Drew
By Ian Browne / MLB.com
The Red Sox are a team filled with just about every kind of personality, and manager Terry Francona has no problem with the way Drew handles himself.
"Whatever guys you have, if they're consistent, that's kind of what you're looking for," Francona said. "J.D. is not all of a sudden going to be out there doing magic tricks. You've got to be who you are."
What Drew happens to be is the consummate family man. J.D. and his wife, Sheigh, have a 20-month-old son named Jack David. If you want to draw out Drew's personality, just ask him about his son and he'll get very chatty.
Drew is a small-town guy who spends his offseason home in Hahira, Ga. (population 1,800). A very religious man, Drew is involved in several Christian organizations back home. Drew's brother, Stephen, is the starting shortstop for the Diamondbacks.
Though Drew's first season in Boston was disappointing, he delivered a key grand slam in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series.
This is the first World Series for Drew.
"I knew I didn't walk off that field an LCS loser," said Drew. "I'd been in that place twice before. It was nice to go home a winner and realize you still have some more baseball to play."
Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.